Florida Panther

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commisison

There’s a darker side to a rebounding Florida Panther population with state game officials reporting a spike in attacks on livestock and domestic animals in rural Southwest Florida.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commisison

Animal rights and environmental groups are urging members to flood the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with pleas not to alter the Florida Panther’s “endangered” status.

Nature Conservancy of Southwest Florida

The federal government is reviewing the status of the endangered Florida Panther, prompting some activists to worry the iconic species will lose protection.

FWC Flickr

Last year was one of the deadliest for the Florida panther. Wildlife experts say there will likely not be as many fatalities this year, but Florida drivers should still take several precautions. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Accurate numbers are hard to come by, but state and federal wildlife officials are raising their official estimate of the number of endangered Florida Panthers.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission / FWC's Flickr account

Ranchers in two southwest Florida counties are eligible for federal funding to protect panthers.

FWC's Flickr

Wildlife attacks on pets and livestock are on the rise in Florida. State wildlife officials are reminding residents and visitors to take some extra precautions.

Connie Bransilver / USFWS

Following a successful breeding program in the 1990s, Florida panther populations are recovering from historic lows. But with more cats, come more complications.

Tallahassee Museum Welcomes Cougar Cubs

Dec 15, 2015
Kate Payne

The Tallahassee Museum is welcoming two cougar kittens to its permanent roster.

Florida panther
FWC

Florida Wildlife officials say the Florida panther population is growing. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation is looking for new ways to better track the state’s official animal.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission / FWC's Flickr account

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is getting a federal grant to step up protection efforts for some of the state's threatened and endangered species.

The Commission wants to use the $370 million federal grant to target the gopher tortoise, Florida panther and Florida grasshopper sparrow.

Florida panther
FWC

Florida panthers have been listed as an endangered species since the '70s, and have been threatened by everything from disease to territory loss. But now, private landowners may hold the key to taking Florida’s state animal off the list.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or FWC, revealed in a Wednesday meeting that the Florida panther population is on the rise. Officials report the population estimate ranges between 100 and 180 animals, citing efforts including genetic restoration and improved roads as reasons for the increase.  

Crowded Florida Panthers May Find New Home In Central Florida

Oct 19, 2012
Florida Department of State

Just a few years ago panthers in South Florida were hard to find. But now, after state intervention, they’re numbers are up and the big cats are getting cramped. Increased inbreeding, territorial fighting, and human encroachment are prompting Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission talks about transferring a few female panthers from South to Central Florida.