A Florida Panther and her cubs on
the Picayune Strand.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida photo>By William E. Gibson
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (MCT)
PICAYUNE STRAND, Fla. — When construction workers filled a canal, tore out roads and prepared the land in this corner of the Everglades for a major restoration project, something unexpected happened:
Nature rebounded, even before the real restoration begins.
Today, native plants sprout in what was once a canal. Black bears prowl the pathways. Wood storks and other wading birds swoop into fresh ponds.
Best of all, some highly endangered Florida panthers have turned up on the work site, among them four breeding females, one with kittens.
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