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Florida Panther Program

Disorder Impacting Panthers and Bobcats

We are working hard to determine the cause of the unknown disorder affecting Florida's wild cats.

Florida panthers are the larger of Florida’s two native cat species (panthers and bobcats). Florida panthers have been documented throughout much of the peninsula and even into Georgia. The core population, however, is found south of Lake Okeechobee. Panthers are listed as an Endangered Species under the Endangered Species Act and it is illegal to harm or harass them in any way.  There are approximately 120-230 adult panthers in the population.

Panther Pulse

Panther Kitten. Photo by Carli Segelson.

See regular updates about documented panther births, deaths and depredations.

Panther Tag

2023 Panther Plate

When you purchase a panther license plate, your donation goes directly to supporting the research and management of Florida panthers.

Who to call

If you see a sick, injured or dead Florida panther, or if you experience a panther depredation, you can report online or call 888-404-FWCC (888-404-3922). Cell phone users can also call #FWC, or send a text to

Report Online