Ricky Pires Director,
“Wings of Hope” Program
-Be aware at dawn, duck, or dark when panthers are most active
-Hike or bike with a friend. There is safety in numbers
-To avoid attracting panther prey, don't leave food outside
-Secure trash containers
-Landscape with plants that do not attract deer or other panther prey
-Report any panther sightings to www.myfwc.com/panthersightings
-If you see a panther, give it space. Don't run.
-Secure household garbage in a shed, garage or a wildlife-resistant container
-Place household garbage out on morning of pickup rather than the night before
-Feed pets indoors or bring in dishes after feeding
-Clean grills and store them in a locked, secure place
-Remove wildlife feeders or make them bear-resistant
-Pick ripe fruit from trees - bears love fruit!
-If you see or suspect that someone is feeding or attracting bears, please call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-3922