FWC asks for public's help to track panthers in SWFL
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NAPLES, Fla.- Florida Fish and Wildlife officials launched a website designed to track panthers nearly a year ago. They've already received 790 reports of possible panther sightings.
"All of those verified reports are coming in a concentrated area basically right around Southwest Florida," said FWC spokeswoman Carli Segelson.
FWC says the panther population is on the rise. FWC's website allows you to upload a photo and pinpoint the location. FWC says it gives them a better idea of where these big cats are roaming.
"At this point we believe there area 100 to a 160 adult panthers and yearlings so that's not really including the panther kittens that are out there."
FWC says out of the 790 reports they have received only 12% have included a photo. A photo allows biologists to positively identify a panther.
"A lot of the reports did not come with a picture so we really can't say for certain, can't verify, if that was actually a panther. We've also got alot of pictures of bob cats, foxes, coyotes, dogs and even house cats and year we did get one picture of a monkey that somebody had mistook for a panther."