Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Panther Update 01.05.18

On November 21st, the FWC collected the remains of a 2 year old male on CR833 in Hendry County. The cause of death was vehicle collision.

On November 23rd, the FWC collected the remains of a 2 year old male on Daniels Parkway east of 75 in Lee County. The cause of death was vehicle collision.

On December 9th, the FWC collected the remains of a 3 month old male on Desoto Blvd and 24th Ave Southeast in Collier County. The cause of death was vehicle collision.

And on December 19th, the FWC collected the remains of a male (age undetermined) from private property in Glades County. The cause of death was intraspecific aggression.

Florida Panther statistics for 2017:

Seven new litters were documented consisting of 11 males and 8 females for a total of 19 kittens born in 2017.

Thirty panther deaths were documented in 2017 consisting of: 15 males, 9 females, 3 of unknown gender and 3 male kittens. Of the 30 deaths reported, 24 were caused by vehicles, four 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.

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