The FWC approved a panther position paper at its September 2015 Commission meeting to provide strategic direction to staff moving forward with panther management and conservation efforts. Florida panther conservation has reached major milestones and is an impressive success story. This position paper reaffirms the FWC’s commitment to work with partners to conserve and protect panthers.
What’s Here?Explore a timeline of the panther's history from European settlement to the present.
How many panthers were in Florida when Europeans arrived?
What is the relationship between the panther and its main prey items, white-tailed deer and wild hog?
How did the new settlers perceive the panther?
When did efforts begin to save the panther from extinction?
What plans are being made to ensure its future?
Can the panther survive in a state with 15 million people?
Discover what has lead to the panther's threat of extinction and the efforts to save it along a timeline from 1500-present.