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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    As part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs related to the designation of secondary off-road vehicle trails, all secondary off-road vehicle trails are closed until further environmental review and analysis can be completed. More »

  • October Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

    The National Park Service at Big Cypress National Preserve has cancelled the off-road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. More »

Traffic & Travel Tips

Drive Safely — Save wildlife as well as yourself!

Every year in the United States 200 people are killed, and 29,000 injured as a result of vehicle accidents related to wildlife collisions. These types of accidents generate more than $1 billion in property damage annually. There is no data on the countless number of animals killed as a result of roadkill.

Vehicle accidents are a major cause of death within the Florida panther population. Between 2000 and 2005, more than 35 panthers were killed by cars.

While driving through Florida, be aware of the multitudes of wildlife that must cross the road to take full advantage of their home. Drive with care through panther habitat, especially during dawn, dusk and night hours. Obey special posted speed zones in areas that panthers are known to frequent.

Florida Highway Map

Click on the link to visit the Florida Highway Patrol's online state road map.

Did You Know?

Bear in a tree.

Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."