These updates from our field biologists discuss the movements and activities of individual Florida panthers. Biologists use prefixes and numbers to identify each cat.
When a kitten is handled at the den a transponder is inserted under the skin which permanently identifies that individual and it receives a "K" number. When a panther is captured and wears a radio collar it gets an "FP" number. FP just stands for Florida panther; they are numbered sequentially as they're captured. A panther that has never been handled at the den or captured for placement of a radio collar is identified as an uncollared Florida panther and has the designation "UCFP."
Mortality CausesIA = intraspecific aggression (panthers killing panthers)
RK = road kill
LocationBCNP = Big Cypress National Preserve (specific units within BCNP include Add Lands, Bear Island)
FPNWR = Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
OSSF = Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest
SIR = Seminole Indian Reservation
ENP = Everglades National Park
FSSP = Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve
CREW = Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed
PSSF = Picayune Strand State Forest
CSS = Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Thanks to our partners at University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, the young female panther that was hit by a car in May is doing well after her second surgery.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and partners rescued an approximately 9-month-old female Florida panther with a broken leg in the Golden Gate Estates area of Collier County on Monday May 13th. Read More
Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) released a male Florida panther Wednesday night at the Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area. Read More
Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation March 6 declaring Saturday, March 16, 2013, as Save the Florida Panther Day. Read More
FWC biologists released a female Florida panther in Picayune Strand State Forest that had been raised in captivity after the death of her mother when she was just 5-months old. Read More
A Florida panther is captured on camera moving her kittens to a new den. Check out these amazing pictures. Read More
Necropsy results of the panther found on the side of an Orange County road are complete; confirm it was a Florida panther. Read More
A 3-year-old male Florida panther was struck and killed by a vehicle on CR520 Sunday night, December 9th. Read More
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), working in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, plans to document where panthers are roaming beyond south Florida and develop the best practices to help people and panthers coexist.
Got a picture of a panther or its tracks? We'd love to hear about it! Read More