Panther Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Shindle has over 25 years of professional research and management experience involving imperiled cat populations that depend on habitat provided by private lands for their long-term persistence. Shindle, a native Texan, has worked as a Florida panther biologist (State, Federal, and NGO) since 1998, first trailing pumas as the panther capture team leader for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Shindle currently serves as the Panther Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, leading recovery efforts for this federally-listed large carnivore that require collaborative partnerships with private landowners. Prior to his translocation to Florida, Shindle conducted ocelot research for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Shindle is a Certified Wildlife Biologist ® and member of the IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group.