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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »

  • Campground Closure

    All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. More »

  • Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure

    Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »

Florida Panther

Florida panther, NPS Photo
Florida panther relaxing
 

Living in or visiting the urban fringe or remote areas of South Florida means that you are in Florida panther habitat. Though there has never been a documented attack against humans by a panther, people should still take precautions. These are large predators that deserve respect.

There are steps that people can take to insure their safety, and that of their personal property from any type of wildlife - panthers, bear, alligators, and even raccoons, opossum and squirrels can all do some damage.

Click on the links below to learn about safely living in and visiting wild areas.
Florida Panthers - What You Need to Know
Protecting Your Property From Wildlife Damage
A Guide to Living With Florida Panthers

The National Park Service partners with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor panthers within the area, track their whereabouts and monitor the health of individual cats and the population as a whole.

Learn more about the monitoring program, and other aspects of the panther partnership in the documents below.

The 2007 Interagency Florida Panther Response Team Report

 
 

THE PANTHER UPDATE
Would you like to learn more about the status of the Florida panther?

Please use the following link to get the latest, as well as back issues of "Panther Update." The update is a publication made possible through the efforts of Big Cypress National Preserve, Panther National Wildlife Refuge and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

 
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Click here for a downloadable brochure about Florida panthers.

Did You Know?

A great white heron scratches its neck. Notice the color of the legs.

The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.