REPORT FLORIDA PANTHER SIGHTINGS
Purpose:
  • Florida panthers (Puma concolor coryi) are an Endangered Species.
  • Counting panthers is difficult because they are solitary, elusive and wide-ranging animals rarely observed in the wild. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) panther biologists estimate there are 100-160 adults and yearlings in Florida. This population estimate does not include panther kittens.
  • Reporting your observations can help FWC biologists address panther conservation needs by identifying the areas used by these large cats.


Identifying Panthers:

  • Florida panthers are large, tawny-colored cats that are 6-7 feet long. Visit Panther Net for panther identification tips.
  • Adults range in weight between 70-100 pounds for females and 100-160 pounds for males.
  • Panther kittens are spotted at birth but these spots fade as the kitten grows older and by their first birthday, the spots are no longer visible. It would be rare to see a panther kitten without also seeing its mom.
  • Go to FWC’s Flickr site to see photos of panthers: FWC Flickr Panther Web Photos or visit: FWC Florida Panther Web Site
  • To see answers to frequently asked panther questions, go to Ask FWC and type in “Florida panther”.



Pictures courtesy of David Shindle and/or Larry Richardson, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, USFWS and FWC.


How to Participate:
  • FWC is interested in photos of panthers or their tracks taken either by remote trail cameras or by a very lucky person! We are especially interested in such pictures north of the Caloosahatchee River, which runs from Lake Okeechobee to Ft. Myers.
  • Use the Google Maps toolon this website to mark the location where a panther was observed.
  • More recent sightings (within the past year) are preferred, but older sightings (regardless of year) are appreciated as well. If a sighting is not recent, please remember to put the correct year and month if possible.
  • Please zoom in as far as possible when selecting a map location. (Hint: you can click on the HYB tab in Google Maps to see aerial images and named roads and places).
  • The observer’s name and email address are required if you are uploading pictures.
  • Additional comments about this site can be sent to FWC at: (panther.sightings@myfwc.com).
Thank you very much. Your contributions to this effort are appreciated!

Lat/Long of center of map

  1. You can enter your lat/lon directly or you can use the Red bubble marker on Google Maps to determine the coordinates.
  2. Drag the marker to the approximate location then use the zoom bar on the left side of the map to help pin-point the desired location.
  3. Complete the date, user name and contact email then press Save button below the date entry area..
        
   
   


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