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    The Florida Panther

    The Florida panther is the most endangered mammal in the eastern US. There are only between 120-180 left, all in South Florida.

    Florida Panther

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    Ten Thousand Islands Hunting

    Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge waterfowl hunters, get your hunting permit here!

    Hunting Regulations and Permit Application

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    Good Fires Prevent Bad Ones

    Fire is an important part of Florida’s natural ecology. Prescribed burning seeks to reproduce the positive effects of natural wildfires.

    Prescribed Burning

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    South Florida Deer Research Project

    Florida Panther NWR is proud to be a research site for one of the largest Florida white-tailed deer studies ever conducted in the state!

    About the Project


Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

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About the Complex

Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex

Collier County, Florida is home to two National Wildlife Refuges: Florida Panther NWR and Ten Thousand Islands NWR.

Florida Panther is managed as part of the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Happenings on the Refuge

  • Hunting at Ten Thousand Islands NWR


    This 2015-2016 season, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge has shifted its Hunting Regulations brochure and permit to a virtual format available online. Click below to read our letter to the hunters and for your 2015-2016 permit.

    Hunting Regulations and Application Permit
  • Orchid Conservation and Research


    Throughout the month of July, Dr. Ernesto Mujica from Cuba's Ministry of Science ECOVIDA Research Center and researchers from Illinois College have worked together to inventory, monitor, and ultimately begin a new chapter of critical conservation work for the revered ghost orchid, Dendrophylax lindenii at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refge

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  • South Florida Deer Research Project

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    Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge is proud to serve as a research site for one of the largest Florida white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus seminolus) studies ever conducted in the state! The South Florida Deer Research Project is made possible through partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Georgia. In addition to the Project's leading partners, researchers and managers from multiple organizations are involved along with Big Cypress National Preserve also hosting as a research site. This long term and large scale study aims to gain a better understanding of our deer ecology, including how habitat, hydrology, predation, and hunting impact deer population dynamics.

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  • Let's Go Outside

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    Nature turns frowns upside down. Studies indicate that children who play and explore outdoors are less stressed and may further benefit by learning confidence and social skills. In nature, kids and families get a chance to move at life’s natural pace, where time disappears, no one is bored, and exploration turns into fun adventure.

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Page Photo Credits — Panther eyes - Larry W. Richardson/USFWS, Brazillian Pepper - Jenny Evans/SCCF, Prescribed burn by USFWS firefighters - Larry W. Richardson/USFWS, Clamshell Orchid - © Larry W. Richardson, Red-cockaded woodpecker - © Larry W. Richardson
Last Updated: Sep 01, 2015
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