Letter from America: fear and loathing in the Everglades
Panthers, bears and crocodiles, oh my: here’s what happens in the Floridian swamp under cover of darkness
Earlier this month, I made my first trip to the Everglades, the 1.5 million square area swamp wilderness that takes up most of the southern end of the Florida peninsula. It’s home to panthers, black bears, alligators, crocodiles, countless indigenous specimens of flora and used to teem with native snakes, birds, and fur-bearing wildlife. No longer.
Sometime in the 1980s, when Florida was home to as many cocaine barons as reptiles, the former developed a ...