A story about how a US Fish and Wildlife Service employee named Andy Eller is being fired because he is working too hard to protect Florida panthers. He wanted to deny permits to developers because the cumulative effect of their actions would harm the panther, even if one or two acres here or there don’t matter. Even if one doesn’t matter, it can add up to a heap of difference.
Rather than sharing his alarm, Eller says managers at the wildlife service told him not to raise the cumulative effects issue when reviewing proposed development projects. “My supervisor told me that if I did [raise the issue], he would give me a poor performance evaluation,” he says.
Eller adds that he was also instructed to use inflated panther population estimates and was warned against writing anything in his reports suggesting a project might jeopardize the panthers.