Fact Sheet
Florida Panther
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Defenders in Action

Protecting and Restoring Panther Habitat

Wide-ranging animals, panthers need vast territories to survive. But the ongoing development of Florida’s natural and agricultural lands continues to shrink what little natural panther habitat remains. To sustain and grow the existing panther population, it’s critical to find places the big cats can call home.
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Reducing Panther Deaths on Roads

Defenders of Wildlife is working to reduce the number of panthers killed on roads. From wildlife crossings to slow zones, there are many ways we can make roads safer for panthers and people alike.
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Helping People Coexist with Panthers

Applying what we’ve learned from our extensive experience with wolves and ranchers in the western states, Defenders of Wildlife provides landowners with information on how to safely coexist with panthers. In rural areas, our trained recruits with the Panther Citizens Assistance Taskforce help residents fund and build predator-resistant enclosures to protect small livestock and pets at night when panthers are prone to roam.
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Habitat Conservation
Defenders of Wildlife is working to protect and strengthen the National Wildlife Refuge System, the only system of federal lands in the United States dedicated to wildlife conservation.
Success Stories
March, 2013: Defenders spearheaded a massive outreach campaign to spread the word about easy steps people can take to protect the critically endangered Florida panther.
Florida Panther,  © SuperStock
Where We Work
From the Keys and Everglades to the Panhandle’s white sand beaches, Florida is home to some of the country’s most special places and wildlife, but also some of the most imperiled. Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to keeping the Sunshine State a wild and enchanting place.