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國家地理:佛羅里達美洲獅的迴歸(5)

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As panthers strike out north of the Caloosahatchee River, they'll encounter land dominated by large ranches and farms. Roads cut through many of these areas, and the region is dotted with small, often expanding towns. One of the better-known cattle operations in south-central Florida is the 10,500-acre Buck Island Ranch, run by Gene Lollis, a sixth-generation Floridian.

當美洲獅從卡魯沙哈奇河向北發展時,它們會遇到由大型牧場與農場所主宰的一片土地。許多農牧場為公路所穿越,整片區域內還星羅棋佈着一些往往在擴張中的小城鎮。佛羅里達州中南部的巴克島牧場佔地10500英畝,是當地著名的一座牧牛場,目前由第六代佛羅里達人吉恩·洛勒斯經營。
On a March morning before sunrise, I head out on horseback with Lollis, who's wearing a cowboy hat, boots, and blue jeans, along with his son, Laurent, and a group of cowboys, to round up cattle in grasslands spotted with islands of cabbage palm and oak.
去年3月一個日出前的早晨,我和穿戴着牛仔帽、靴子和藍色牛仔褲的洛勒斯,以及他的兒子勞倫特和一羣牛仔,一起騎馬去點綴着菜棕與櫟樹的草原上趕牛。
Like many ranches, Buck Island—owned by the Archbold Biological Station, a nearby ecological research and education facility—provides critical habitat for wildlife, including panthers.
就如同許多牧場一樣,隸屬於附近的生態研究暨教育中心阿奇波德生物站的巴克島牧場,為美洲獅等野生動物提供了重要的棲地。

國家地理:佛羅里達美洲獅的迴歸

As dogs bay and the cowboys corral their livestock, I ask Lollis, who leads the Florida Cattlemen's Association, how ranchers view the panther. "We're all pretty positive about them," he says. "They're part of the landscape."

隨着牧羊犬吠叫、牛羣聚攏,我向領導佛羅里達牧牛協會的洛勒斯詢問牧場主對美洲獅的看法。“我們的看法很積極,”他説:“它們是地理景觀的一部分。”
Generally speaking, the rancher and the panther face a common enemy: development, particularly new housing. Every ranch owner has had an offer from developers, Lollis says, adding that the issue is deeply personal -- ranches near Orlando where he worked as a young man have become subdivisions.
一般來説,牧場主與美洲獅有共同的敵人:開發,尤其是新住宅的開發。洛勒斯表示,每個牧場主都接到過開發商出價,他更補充道,這對他而言是非常個人的問題--他年輕時在奧蘭多附近工作過的牧場,已經分割成為許多住宅用地。

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