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Across Trophic Level System Simulation (ATLSS) - Florida Panthers
The Deer/Panther model was designed to be used as a management and evaluation tool to analyze the relative effects of alternative water management scenarios on long-term population dynamics of the Florida panthers and their primary prey species, white-tailed deer. Originally conceived as one component of a group of interconnected ATLSS models and driven by an improved and expanded SFWMD Hydrology Model, the model's projected functionality has been somewhat compromised by the necessary modifications of original plans. These modifications resulted in an indefinite delay in the planned provision of expanded hydrology inputs from the District and postponement of development of a vegetation succession model.
A management decision made as part of ongoing panther recovery efforts has also impacted model development. Eight females of the closely related Texas subspecies (Puma concolor stanleyana) were introduced into South Florida population (Puma concolor coryi) in 1995 to enhance genetic variability of the inbred Florida panthers. The habitat use patterns, interactions and significant reproductive contributions of these panthers and their offspring, now estimated to make up about half of the entire South Florida panther population, has necessitated reevaluation and reformulation of panther behavior rules for the model.
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