National Park Service

South Florida/Caribbean I&M Network (SFCN)

Florida Panther Monitoring

Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi) in Everglades National Park.
Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi) in Everglades National Park.

Monitoring Reports

Protocol

Parks and partners are monitoring the Florida panther. SFCN is not developing a protocol but will link to reports and summaries.

Links

Importance/Issues

The Florida Panther is a top predator in South Florida, whose primary prey is deer, but also includes large fish, birds, feral hogs, etc. It is a federally endangered species that has been impacted by habitat loss and fragmentation, road kill, contaminant bioaccumulation, and genetic bottlenecks. Big Cypress National Preserve (BICY), neighboring state lands, and portions of Everglades National Park (EVER) are key areas for panther conservation and recovery. Monitoring information is used to assess panther populations, while distribution information is used to inform park managers about potential impacts of visitor use and management activities on panther distribution and relative activity levels.


Monitoring Objectives

What are the status and trends in Florida panther abundance, distribution, mortality, and recruitment?


Approach

Florida panthers are already monitored by existing parks and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC). SFCN will not be conducting monitoring for this vital sign. Instead SFCN will work to link to park and/or partner monitoring reports and summaries. ├é┬áReports back to the mid 1990s are available to download at the FFWCC PantherNet Webpage.

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