Section 372.673, Florida Statutes 2004
372.673 Florida Panther Technical Advisory Council.--
(1) The Florida Panther Technical Advisory Council is established within the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The council shall be appointed by the Governor and shall consist of seven members with technical knowledge and expertise in the research and management of large mammals.
(a) Two members shall represent state or federal agencies responsible for management of endangered species; two members, who must have specific experience in the research and management of large felines or large mammals, shall be appointed from universities, colleges, or associated institutions; and three members, with similar expertise, shall be appointed from the public at large.
(b) As soon as practicable after July 1, 1983, one member representing a state or federal agency and one member appointed from a university, college, or associated institution shall be appointed for terms ending August 1, 1985, and the remaining members shall be appointed for terms ending August 1, 1987. Thereafter, all appointments shall be for 4-year terms. If a vacancy occurs, a member shall be appointed for the remainder of the unexpired term. A member whose term has expired shall continue sitting on the council with full rights until a replacement has been appointed.
(c) Council members shall be reimbursed pursuant to s. 112.061 but shall receive no additional compensation or honorarium.
(2) The purposes of the council are:
(a) To serve in an advisory capacity to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on technical matters of relevance to the Florida panther recovery program, and to recommend specific actions that should be taken to accomplish the purposes of this act.
(b) To review and comment on research and management programs and practices to identify potential harm to the Florida panther population.
(c) To provide a forum for technical review and discussion of the status and development of the Florida panther recovery program.
History.--ss. 3, 5, ch. 83-173; s. 1, ch. 93-14; s. 27, ch. 96-389; s. 150, ch. 99-245.