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Living with Panthers and Black Bears



Living with Florida Panthers

-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
-If you see a panther, give it space. Don't run.

Living with Florida Black Bears 

-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

Visit for the latest information and activities on the natural history of the Florida panther, its habitat, threats to its survival and conservation efforts.