On March 14th the FWC reported the death of a 4 year old female panther was discovered in Collier County on CR846 2 miles east of Immokalee and on March 9th a 2 month old panther was discovered in Collier County on SR 82, 1.5 miles east of CR 850. Both deaths were caused by vehicles. The total number of panther deaths kittens and adults in 2017 now stands at 8.
Meanwhile, on January 26th the Florida Department of Transportation photographed Florida panthers using a new wildlife pathway under I-75.
Help with panther research by reporting sightings to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
With milder temperatures throughout the Sunshine State, more people are likely to head to the woods to enjoy hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking the public to assist with Florida panther research and management by reporting sightings of the large feline to the agency’s panther sightings webpage.
The FWC is interested in photos of panthers or their tracks. Anyone lucky enough to capture this large cat on camera is encouraged to submit the picture and sighting location to: MyFWC.com/PantherSightings.