Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Panther Update

On March 22nd the remains of FP198, a radio-collared 9-year-old female panther were collected from private property located south of CR850, west of Caracara Preserve, in Lee County. The cause of death was intraspecific aggression. The total number of panther deaths kittens and adults in 2017 now stands at 9.

Biologists gain valuable information by examining panther remains. Please report injured or dead panthers to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.

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.

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