Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. More »
2013 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 8, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. 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 »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. More »
Release of Florida Panther K304
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
This action is canceled until further notice. On Tuesday, November 1, 2011, Florida panther K304 will be returned to the Preserve. The release of the cat will take place around 5:00 p.m. at the Burns Lake Campground and Backcountry Access site off from Burns Lake Road. The road is located approximately six miles east of State Road 29 and 13 miles west of the Oasis Visitor Center on U. S. 41. Turn north on Burns Lake road, drive one mile and the campground/access point is on the left.
You are invited to attend this resource management activity. Since the release site is accessible, Preserve management, and the FWC, feel that inviting staff, sister agencies and partners would be appropriate and safe for participants and the panther. However, no guarantee is made of seeing the cat beyond a brief glimpse as it runs into the woods.
This management activity is tentative due to a number of variables. A notification will be sent if any changes are necessary.
The day following the activity a press release along with photos and film footage will be provided to the media.
Background on K304
Upon discovering K304 the NPS, working closely with the FWC and FWS, transported the kitten to the White Oak Conservation Center, a wildlife facility in northeastern Florida. At the facility K304 was cared for and housed in appropriate facilities with minimal human contact. Now K304, a young, healthy cat, is of the age that it can be released near the area it was born.
Did You Know?
Within the preserve, the HP Williams and Oasis Wildlife Viewing Platforms are popular areas to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically from January through May. Remeber not to feed or approach these dangerous animals.