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    Florida Panther Festival

    The 2018 Florida Panther Festival takes place on Saturday November 3rd at the Naples Zoo!

    Florida Panther Festival

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    The Florida Panther

    The Florida panther is an endangered subspecies of Puma concolor, and is the only breeding population east of the Mississippi river.

    Florida Panther

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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

Happenings on the Refuge

Celebrating Refuge Week! Saturday October 13th

FP Refuge Week

On Saturday, October 13th, Florida Panther NWR is recognizing National Wildlife Refuge Week 2018 with a 10am Creative Naturalist Poetry Walk and 12pm Guided Plant Hike at the 1.3mile hiking trail! All ages are welcome to attend both 90 minute sessions, the trail is friendly to novice hikers, and no plant i.d. or writing skills are necessary to thoroughly enjoy yourself! Registration is not required but is strongly encouraged. RSVP to your choice activity (or both!) with your name, contact email and phone number, and the number of guests in your party via facebook messenger or floridapanther@fws.gov by Thursday October 11th

Collaboration in Protecting Communities and Managing Public Lands

After his assignment on this spring's Cowbell Fire in Big Cypress, the National Park Service's Regional Fire Communication and Education Specialist penned this article on the logistics and inspiring success stories of what is now known as the Southwest Florida and Caribbean Wildland Fire and Aviation Program (SWFLCAR, can you say "Swiffle Car"?!) "With the signing of a June 2017 joint memo, Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue formally directed Wildland Fire leadership throughout the two agencies to seek opportunities to improve and increase collaboration and cooperation. The Secretaries need look no further than Big Cypress National Preserve of the National Park Service and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge of the US Fish & Wildlife Service to find a successful example of just what that can look like." Full Article linked below:

Interagency Collaboration Yields Benefits to Wildland Fire and Aviation

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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Summer Wet Season Hiking Trail Advisory

Summer Hiking Trail Advisory

Please be advised that our 1 1/3 mile outer loop hiking trail holds several inches of water in many areas of the trail during the summer wet season.

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About the Complex

Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge 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.

Learn more about the NWRS