National Geographic : 1966 Jul
Boardwalk strollers on Anhinga Wildlife Trail taste the haunting beauty of Everglades Na tional Park. A profusion of living things in habits the sloughs, hammocks, waterways, and saw-grass expanses of this unique park in southern Florida: deer, black bears, cougars, alligators, and countless species of birds, in cluding wood storks and bald eagles. Droughts periodically plague the 'Glades, but heavy rains of last fall and winter temporarily relieved the fresh-water shortage. The Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with the State of Florida, has begun widening and deep ening flood-control canals and pumping addi tional water into the third largest national park. Threatened with extinction, Florida alliga tors dwindle by as many as a hundred a night. Everglades Park rangers wage unceasing war on poachers, but the slaughter goes on. The il legal hunters kill the reptiles for belly skin that brings up to $6.50 a foot for shoes, handbags, belts, and wristwatch bands.