Panther births down from past years

Panther births are down compared to past years, but that doesn’t mean the population is on the decline in Florida.

Only 13 panthers have been recorded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission this year, including 10 males.

It’s a major drop from a year earlier when a total of 32 panthers were noted. The 2014 total is the lowest since 2009 when 11 panther births occurred. There were 13 births in 2008 as well.

The reason data on fewer births is being collected is because the FWC is using slightly different procedures.

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