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"Witty and passionate." - Lauren Groff"Craig Pittman has a remarkable talent for telling stories set in the Sunshine State that never fail to fascinate and entertain." - Gilbert King"The definitive book on one of America's least understood apex predators. The story of how Florida's panthers were saved from extinction is one that both deserves and needs to be told." - Dane HuckelbridgeIt wasn't so long ago when a lot of people thought the Florida panther was extinct. They were very nearly right. That the panther still exists at all is a miracle - the result of a desperate experiment that led to the most remarkable comeback in the history of the Endangered Species Act. And no one has told the whole story - until now.With novelistic detail and an eye for the absurd, Craig Pittman recounts the extraordinary story of the people who brought the panther back from the brink of extinction, the ones who nearly pushed the species over the edge, and the cats that were caught in the middle.

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Craig Pittman

Craig Pittman, author of the award-winning non-fiction book "Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country," is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him "the most destructive force on campus." Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. Since 1998 he has reported on environmental issues for Florida's largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) , where his coverage has won both state and national awards. A series he co-wrote with Matthew Waite became their book, "Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss" (2009) . Since then Pittman has written "Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species" (2010) , which the Florida Humanities Council declared an "essential read" for all Floridians, and "The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchids," which the Atlanta Journal-Constitution declared "irresistible." His latest book, "Oh, Florida!" won the gold medal for Florida non-fiction from the Florida Book Awards. The New York Times called it "compulsively readable." Pittman lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., with his wife and children. For more, see http://www.oh-florida.com/home.html

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