Florida conservation experts were honored recently for their work to protect Florida's panther population. In the past, when the panther population dropped to as low as 30 in the Florida area, emphasis had been placed on breeding healthy new cats. Now that there are approximately 100 healthy panthers, the rewarded conservationists have worked on planning how humans and panthers can live peacefully together. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission writes that the Panther Response Plan "balances public safety while still protecting an endangered species." In addition to training people how to respond, they are gathering information about the panthers by attaching radios to caught and released cats and still working to strengthen the genetic health of the species.