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Florida Panther Spotted Sitting On Front Porch In Fort Myers

by Ileana Llorens Mar 30, 2016 02:44 PM

Broward may be home to the Florida Panthers, but chances are you’ve never seen one of the (real) endangered cats casually sitting near your doorstep. 

That was the case for one man, who spotted a Florida panther on the porch of his father’s house in East Fort Myers on March 18. 

"It stayed for about 20 minutes and laid down for a bit," Phil Hendra said, according to a Facebook post by The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute​ this week. "It looked at us inside the window then slowly walked away and we have not seen it since.” 

According to the Florida Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there are only about 180 adults and subadults in the South Florida area today. They can usually be found south of the Caloosahatchee River on the Gulf Coast. 

If you spot a Florida panther, the FWC asks that you report the sighting by filling out an online form here. 

(Photo via Facebook/FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute)


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Broward may be home to the Florida Panthers, but chances are you’ve never seen one of the (real) endangered cats casually sitting near your doorstep. That was the case for one man, who spotted a Florida panther on the porch of his father’s house in East Fort Myers on March 18. 

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