Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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

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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Panther Position Statement FAQ’s


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Panther Position Statement


Panther Position Statement approved by Commission, September 3, 2015. Read More

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Friends of Florida Panther Refuge Panther Update Newsletter March 2015


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USFWS Florida Panther Update Newsletter December 2014


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