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Field Notes

These updates from our field biologists discuss the movements and activities of individual Florida panthers. Biologists use prefixes and numbers to identify each cat.

Panther Identification

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 Causes
IA = intraspecific aggression (panthers killing panthers)
RK = road kill

Location
BCNP = 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

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USFWS Florida Panther Update Newsletter Sept 2014

9/24/14

Read about "Yuma", the young panther kitten that was rescued from certain death, in this edition of the Florida Panther Update published by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Read More

Commissioners receive Florida panther update

6/24/14

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists provided an update at the agency’s June Commission meeting in Fort Myers regarding Florida panther research and conservation programs. Read More

FWC captures panther near the beach; relocates it to more suitable area

3/27/14

Where do panthers go for spring break? To the beach, of course. Read about the recent capture and relocation of one that was spotted by beach goers in the mangroves at Clam Pass park in Naples. Read More

Rehabilitated Florida panther returned to the wild

3/17/14

FP224 was successfully released on March 10th, 2014 after being rehabilitated for a broken leg. Read More

Third Annual Florida Panther Festival Highlights Living With Florida’s State Animal

11/06/13

The Florida Panther Festival is a free, family-friendly event designed to shed light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through unique interactive activities such as presentations by panther biologists, a Living with Wildlife Pavilion, nature walks, children’s activities, a rural backyard demonstration, exhibits by various conservation agencies and much more. Read More

From orphan to mother: FP219 has first kitten

6/26/13

FP219, orphaned at 4.5 months old and raised in captivity, was released earlier this year and is already making contributions to the population. Read More

FP224 has second surgery to repair refractured leg

6/12/13

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.
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FWC, partners rescue injured Florida panther kitten

5/15/13

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

Young male panther FP223 released back into the wild.

4/04/13

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

Gov. Scott proclaims March 16 ‘Save the Florida Panther Day’

3/14/13

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation March 6 declaring Saturday, March 16, 2013, as Save the Florida Panther Day. Read More