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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.

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.

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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Big Cypress teems with wildlife and is a refuge for the critically endangered Florida panther. But the roads here make it a dangerous place for the big cats, with vehicle collisions one of the leading causes of death.