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Dr. Dave Onorato

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Panther Biologist

Local Address: Naples, Florida, United States
FWC
 
Background

Employment History

  • Associate Research Scientist
    FWC
  • Associate Research Scientist
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Panther Researcher
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Biologist
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Biologist
    Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Panther Biologist
    Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Research Scientist With Panther Section
    Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Associate Research Scientist
    Conservation Commission
  • Biologist
    Conservation Commission
  • Researcher
    Florida Fish
  • Research Scientist With Panther Section
    Florida Fish
63 Total References
Web References
PantherNet : Field Notes Archives
www.floridapanthernet.org, 26 June 2013 [cached]
"We were very excited to find this panther's kitten," said Dave Onorato, FWC panther biologist. "The fact that this panther has given birth is positive news for the recovery of this endangered species and a testament to the hard work of all involved in its rescue and rehabilitation."
Biologists estimate the female panther became pregnant about three weeks after her release, when she was only 21 months old.
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"Kitten survival rates are pretty low, but this kitten looked healthy and feisty," said Onorato.
Dave Onorato, an associate ...
www.news-press.com [cached]
Dave Onorato, an associate research scientist with the FWC, actually wishes that Don Juan hadn't been so successful.
"There's a downside to prolific breeding by one male. From a biologist's perspective, you'd rather have the genetic diversity of six males siring 40 kittens versus one male siring 40 kittens," Onorato said.
But he understands that it's not that simple: "These are wild animals, so we can't really just say, 'hey, stop breeding,' but in reality having one animal provide that much genetic input isn't ideal."
Genetic variation has been a struggle for the Florida panther population for the past two decades. Don Juan was born from one of the eight Texas pumas brought into South Florida in the 1990s to increase the species' genetic diversity. The gene pool had grown so small that genetic depressions were starting to become apparent.
"We brought in Texas pumas because we looked at historic distribution patterns and at one time the panther ranged across the entire south east," Onorato said.
Dead panther’s GPS collar could reveal important data
myfwc.com, 23 Mar 2007 [cached]
With so few panthers remaining, the loss of any individual is potentially significant," said Dr. Dave Onorato, a panther researcher with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
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continues to be stymied by the lack of dispersal by females to the north of the Caloosahatchee River," Onorato said.
Florida Fish and Wildlife ...
www.naplesnews.com, 9 June 2012 [cached]
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist Dave Onorato said he's pleased science is being used to make decisions but warned that the second year of the study could establish different findings.
"Things change," Onorato said.
"When people say they're seeing all ...
www.miaminewtimes.com, 5 Aug 2014 [cached]
"When people say they're seeing all these panthers on their property, very often it's the same one coming back again and again," says Dave Onorato, a panther biologist with Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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