Sept. 23, 2010 -- A male Florida panther treed in a live oak by specially trained dogs watches his captors as they wait for a tranquilizer dart to take effect. Tracking teams led by Texas wildlife biologist Roy McBride have been capturing panthers in Florida's remote wild lands since 1973 to take biological samples and fit the animals with radio collars as part of a restoration effort. (SHNS photo courtesy Copyright Science)
An experimental wildlife crossing is a step closer to being built on Immokalee Road after a vote by Collier County commissioners.
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Critical Habitat for Endangered Florida Panther
April 20, 2011 (Fort Myers, FL) Conservation groups today appealed a federal judge’s ruling in the hopes of finally protecting critical habitat for the Florida panther, which has been listed as endangered for more than 40 years. The appeal, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, challenges a ruling earlier this month that upheld a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision not to identify and protect what is left of the panther’s shrinking habitat among sprawling Read More
NAPLES — Cattle rancher Russell Priddy knew panthers roam his cow pastures south of Immokalee.He had never tried to count them, but he and his wife, Liesa, started counting calves as they went missing from their JB Ranch last fall.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed at least two of the Priddys’ calves and one on a neighboring pasture were killed by panthers and dispatched trackers to the Priddys’ 9,000-acre ranch to try to get a handle on the problem.Over six days in November, the team combed 3,000 acres southeast Read More
MIAMI -- Wildlife experts say there were 23 documented Florida panther deaths last year.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says Monday that 16 of these panthers died after being hit by vehicles. Another six deaths are attributed to panthers killing each other and one panther died of unknown causes.Experts say the figures are similar to 2009, where there were 25 documented deaths, with 17 of those killed by vehicles. Since 1967, Florida panthers have been listed federally as an endangered Read More
Skip the Bobcat Rescue
I was right in the middle of sending an email to LaWanna about some promotions she was dreaming up for the ChatBigCats.com site when Honey Wayton, our gift shop manager called and relayed an urgent message.
A woman had called to say they had found a bobcat alongside the highway and had it loose in their SUV and wanted to know what to do next because it was getting pretty mad.
Obviously this was their first bobcat rescue, because no one makes that mistake twice. I called the woman Read More
Balancing its many mandates brings much criticism to the National Park Service. Working to preserve landscapes and resources, provide for the public's enjoyment, and addressing various constituencies at times seemingly is a no-win situation. With so many different interests, the Park Service almost constantly is being pulled in opposing directions when it comes to developing management approaches. The ongoing debates over motorized access in Yellowstone National Park (snowmobiles) and Cape Hatteras National Seashore (off-road vehicles) Read More
NAPLES, Fla. -- State wildlife officials say there were 29 documented Florida panther kittens born in 2010, and another 30 to 40 likely were born to unmonitored panthers.That compares to just 11 documented kittens born in 2009.The numbers may indicate a big leap in panther population growth - especially compared to 23 documented panther deaths this year - but not all of the kittens survive.Scientists believe less than 120 Florida panthers remain in the wild, though they are running out of habitat. Only 24 of those big cats have radio collars. Of Read More
Special page: Florida panther1:10 A.M. — Wildlife researchers recovered the carcass of a Florida panther Thursday in Collier County, bringing this week’s body count for the endangered species to three.The panther recovered Thursday, a 1 1/2-year-old female, is the 23rd documented death this year, two short of the record set in 2007.This year, 16 panthers have been killed by vehicles; six, including the most recent cat, have been killed by other panthers; the cause of one death is unknown.Panther mortality has been high over the past four years: Read More
For the second time in four days, state wildlife biologists have found an endangered Florida panther dead in Southwest Florida.This afternoon, biologists recovered the carcass of a 5-year-old male panther on Lee County Port Authority mitigation land north of Corkscrew Road in Lee County.The panther showed no outward signs of being hit by a vehicle, attacked by another panther or foul play; the cause of death is unknown, said Florida panther project scientist Dave Onorato.The carcass is being taken to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Read More