On September 16th, the FWC collected the remains of a three-and-half year old male on SR98 in Highlands County just north of Lake Istokpoga. The cause of death was vehicle collision.
Florida Panther statistics for 2017:
Six new litters were documented consisting of 10 males and 7 females for a total of 17 kittens born in 2017.
Twenty-three panther deaths were documented in 2017 consisting of: Ten males, eight females, three of unknown gender and two male kittens. Of the 23 deaths reported, 18 were caused by vehicles, three were caused by intraspecific aggression and two were listed as cause of death unknown.
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.