Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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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

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    Report Python Sightings

    If you have a live animal in front of you right now, call 1-888-Ive-Got-1

    Report Invasive Animals with EDDMAPS

Happenings on the Refuge

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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2018-2019 Waterfowl Hunting at Ten Thousand Islands NWR

Hunting at Ten Thousand Islands NWR


This 2018-2019 season, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge continues to provide the Hunting Regulations and Permit online. Click the link below to go straight to the permit and print one out for yourself!

Hunting Regulations and Permit

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.

Read more about the complex
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