Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Panther Update

The FWC reported three additional panther deaths. On February 27th a male panther 5-6 years old was struck by a vehicle in Collier County on the SR82 a half mile east of CR850.

On February 28th a male panther 2-3 years old was struck by a vehicle in Desoto County on the NE Four Mile Grande east of Arcadia and on March 4th a 2 year old female panther was struck by a vehicle in Hendry County on SR82, 1.7 miles west of CR850. From January 12th to March 4, 2017 a total of 6 panther deaths were documented primarily due to vehicles.

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

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