On August 19th, the FWC discovered a new litter of kittens: one male and one female belonging to Mom FP239. The kittens are now approximately 2 months old.
The FWC reported the loss of four panthers during the month of August:
On August 13th, a 12-year-old male was struck by a vehicle at Mile Marker 54 on I-75 in Collier County;
On August 14th, a two-year-old male was killed as a result of intraspecific aggression discovered on the CREW Marsh hiking trails in Collier County;
On August 18th, a one-and-a-half-year-old male was struck by a vehicle on Ft. Denuad Road, LaBelle in Hendry County; and
On August 24th, a one-year-old female was struck by a vehicle on CR 846, 9 miles east of County Line Road in Hendry County.
The total number of panther deaths including adults and kittens in 2017 now stands at 22.
Help with panther research by reporting sightings to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
The 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.