Carlton Ward Jr

Healed from a vehicle strike, an endangered Florida panther was returned to the wild last week with her two cubs. The Florida panther is the last subspecies of the puma surviving in eastern United States. Motor vehicle collisions, the leading cause of panther mortality, kill nearly 35 per year. This panther mother was struck by a vehicle near Naples in December and rescued by biologists from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission @MyFWC. They knew she had young offspring that could not survive on their own and successfully caught two cubs and rejoined them with their mother at White Oak Conservation, where the family was rehabilitated with minimal contact by humans. This is the first time a Florida panther family has been returned to the wild together. This was the second time this panther mother had been hit by a car. The scar on her right hip is from a previous surgery. Please see the link in my bio for the full story. Shot for my #PathofthePanther project with National Geographic focused on the protection of the @fl_wildcorridor that panthers and other wildlife need to survive. #panther @freshfromflorida #floridawild #keepflwild

Picayune Strand State Forest

Healed from a vehicle strike, an endangered Florida panther was returned to the wild last week with her two cubs. The Florida panther is the last subspecies of the puma surviving in eastern United States. Motor vehicle collisions, the leading cause of panther mortality, kill nearly 35 per year. This panther mother was struck by a vehicle near Naples in December and rescued by biologists from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission @MyFWC. They knew she had young offspring that could not survive on their own and successfully caught two cubs and rejoined them with their mother at White Oak Conservation, where the family was rehabilitated with minimal contact by humans. This is the first time a Florida panther family has been returned to the wild together. This was the second time this panther mother had been hit by a car. The scar on her right hip is from a previous surgery. Please see the link in my bio for the full story. Shot for my #PathofthePanther project with National Geographic focused on the protection of the @fl_wildcorridor that panthers and other wildlife need to survive. #panther @freshfromflorida #floridawild #keepflwild

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@ashley_mcgrady

Wonderful!!

@hobograph

Stunning picture

@susan__phillips

@bendaguilar ... I think you would like this photographer

@robynhay617

I just traveled Wednesday Ft Myers to Miami via 41. I was bummed to see no fence on 41 for the panthers. Lely Resort area. Panther xing signs, 0 fence. Why isnt more being blocked off? With those safety tunnels too. People were speeding too:(.

@photographyandreas

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@paradisecoast

So beautiful, amazing!

@sariemonster

We’ve heard there are two out here in the areas surrounding our property between Winter Haven & Lake Wales. We want to set up some trail cams and see if we can get a photo or two. Our friends have set up cameras about 3 acres away and have caught glimpses!

@sparrowsandpines

This is awesome! Keep up the good work @myfwc

@josephpgee

Hell yeah, such a beautiful animal

@11pra11

@tess_mcmod help Keep Florida Wild support @fl_wildcorridor and Carlton’s work and more innovative corridors will be created for wildlife

@daishku

Fantastic

@sarahsewssoso

Incredible story of commitment

@carltonward

@magicelfbox there’s still hope!

@amelia.darosa

Amazing photo!

@ritabartuska

Beautiful panther, so glad she's recovered and that the cubs were with her.πŸ’–

@kittyljackson

Long life, sweet panther!

@magicelfbox

I grew up in Florida and was always told the Florida panther was extinct. This was back in the 80s. Glad to see they were wrong but even more sad to see the declining state of these Florida natives.

@muay_khao

Beautiful animals

@shibberita

So beautiful.

@suzannecharnes

Wonderful!

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