A tranquilized male Florida panther caught Wednesday may be the one killing livestock in Collier County. He was tagged and released. (Special to news-press.com)1:10 A.M. — A male Florida panther suspected of killing livestock in eastern Collier County has been captured, collared and released.Over the past month, one or more panthers have killed several calves in the Sunniland area."We confirmed four calves - we were called out and saw them," said Mark Lotz, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist. "The owners claim there Read More
The Associated PressNAPLES, FLA. -- Wildlife officials are trying to capture an endangered Florida panther that has attacked at least four calves at a ranch near Naples.Officials say that if they capture the panther, they will first check to see if it is attacking the calves because it is too sickly to chase wild prey like deer and hogs.If it is healthy, a tracking collar will be placed on it and it will be moved away from the ranch.If it returns to the ranch, officials say they could use dogs and loud recordings of baying dogs to scare it offScientists Read More
Florida Fish and Wildlife CommissionA female panther drags off a goat killed June 6 at 15th Street Southwest while one of her kittens waits on the other side of the fence. A trail camera with a motion sensor captured the image. IMMOKALEE — Liesa Priddy marks her calendar when one of the special breed Cracker cows gives birth at her family’s JB Ranch south of Immokalee.Another tally is sharpening the edge on conflicts between ranchers and endangered Florida panthers in eastern Collier County.A panther, maybe more than one, is attacking and killing Read More
An endangered Florida panther was discovered dead this week in Big Cypress National Preserve, according to a report by a preserve biologist.The 12-year-old female panther was detected in the preserve between Turner River Road and Burns Lake north of U.S. 41 during a routine monitoring flight Monday, the report says.The report does not list a cause of death, but says rangers "did not detect signs of human involvement" and found signs of a struggle, possibly a fight with another panther.The panther likely had been dead for two days, limiting field Read More
Don't Touch Tigers!
ORLANDO, Fla. -- From across the lake, the hunga, hunga roar of a lion rang out. It's not what you'd typically hear in a Tampa suburb, but at the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary it is normal background noise. His name is Joseph and he was rescued in 2007 from a home in Ohio where he was one of the main attractions in a petting zoo that went under.
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Help Protect the Tiger 2010
Music and lyrics by Big Cat Rescuer Dennis Mitchell
Denny joined Big Cat Rescue as a volunteer in 2001. After doing the usual volunteer functions such as cleaning, feeding ,etc., he realized the could make a bigger contribution by engaging the public by doing outreach and leading tours.
To date he has taken well over 10000 people on tours of our sanctuary. He also has made presentations to various civic and business organizations in the Read More
CLICK ON STORY TITLE FOR LINK TO VIDEO REPORT AND PHOTOSGOLDEN GATE ESTATES — Mark Poole’s morning routine starts before dawn, when he feeds the livestock he keeps on about an acre behind his Golden Gate Estates home.On Monday morning, it wasn’t just chickens and goats out back.The 49-year-old roofing contractor found himself staring down an endangered Florida panther growling at him from the other side of a 4-foot tall wire fence, about 20 feet away from him in a dark corner of his back yard on Ninth Street Southwest.“It was almost as loud Read More
By Tom Palmer
Published: Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 2:08 a.m.
Some scientists recently recommended moving Florida panthers to other parts of their former range because their existing habitat in South Florida was becoming too crowded.
The question of what wildlife officials were going to do when their efforts to restore the Florida panther population in South Florida succeeded has haunted the program for years.
The problems with overcrowding include a limited food supply, competition for territories Read More
This July 2009 photo shows a three-week old Florida panther kitten in the Picayune Strand State Forest.Science/APBy Pete Spotts, Staff writer / September 24, 2010Endangered Florida panthers are inching back from the brink of extinction thanks to eight female cougars introduced from Texas 15 years ago.The gain in numbers is modest. The population has grown from about 25 adults in the Sunshine State 15 years ago to roughly 100 today.More telling biologically is the badly needed shot of genetic diversity the females introduced into a badly inbred population, Read More