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Biologist Andrew Eller, Jr said the Fish and Wildlife Service knowingly uses faulty studies to inflate the Florida panther population and minimize the species' habitat needs in order to put the interests of developers ahead of one of the nation's most endangered species. In a response to Eller's complaint, the Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledged that "despite being published in peer reviewed scientific journals, some of the information you are challenging has, over time, been determined to have limitations"(22 ).

A U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service official who was responsible for scientific fraud over the Florida Panther was promoted, after the scandal. A 2005 survey of FWS field offices found. 63% said they could cite cases were "commercial interests have inappropriately induced the reversal or withdrawal of scientific conclusions or decisions through political intervention;". 64 percent whose work is related to endangered species admitted they have been "directed, for non-scientific reasons, to refrain from making findings that are protective of species;". More than a quarter reported they have been "directed to inappropriately exclude or alter technical information from" agency scientific documents (23 ).


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