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Photos by @CarltonWard | Cooperative Bear, Frustrating Panther…That was the title of the blog I wrote about my attempt to camera trap a Florida panther at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in 2015. I was on assignment for @NatGeoTravel and after a month of trying, I had one bear kindly pose facing the camera and one panther show me her tail as she walked away. Frustrating and motivating at the same time, it was like she was daring me to try to tell her story. Three years and two National Geographic grants later, I'm still trying. I now have a network of camera traps (think photo studios hidden in the woods) pointed at game trails on refuges and ranches throughout South Florida for my #PathofthePanther project, which seeks to inspire the land protection needed for the endangered Florida panther to expand its range. I've had some successes with panthers over the past three years, but more often than not, my "cooperative bear, frustrating panther" mantra, still applies. Please follow my quest here and @CarltonWard as we focus on the story of the Florida panther and the habitat corridors it needs to recover and help us save wild Florida. The third photo is an alligator that should have been a warning that the water was about to rise. A wet winter, followed by strong summer rains proceeded to flood this trail for the next 18 months. @insidenatgeo @natgeocreative #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #panther #bear #gator #alligator #swamp #Everglades

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@thatkat90

@sister__goldenhair i want to share my panther but afraid to due to its location and use of the property.. i think about it at least every other day💔 if not every

@fabiancapuchino16

😮😮😮😮

@fabiancapuchino16

Hermoso animal

@scruffyfaceman

Wow... I'm still 💘 w. this 🌍🌎🌏 from the bottom of me. Y'all dnt understand.. 🤗

@fkfnbrlw

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@goviad

Great pic! 👌

@tonyher.45

😎😂🎶🎶📻📻🎧🎧🐆🐯

@edna.8588131718

That's a nice butt...

@officexoutside

That scale 😯

@canaryrockin

Keep going! You’re doing important AND beautiful work!

@thediamondspecialists808

Thanks for the info ... pictures are awesome!!!

@monica_85king

Hahaha this is the best!!! 😍😍

@gryffindell

Growing up in Florida, I absolutely love the unique beauty of the wildlife there, especially Florida Panthers who are so mysterious and elusive. Thank you for your passion and perseverance. I hope you capture several magical shots soon!

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@myprimepixels

This is weird!!

@saurav.nishant

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@dwbasssr

To see a panther in the wild is an awesome experience!

@bea2778

Thank you for showing the Real Florida and how much wonderful natural beauty is here!!

@dadadadonna

I’m a Floridian and my HS mascot was a FL panther, I’ve never seen one. I teach my students now about native FL animals especially the endangered ones like manatees, panthers and gopher turtles. Hopefully our state has learned from it’s mistakes of the open black bear hunting a few years back where mother bears with cubs were killed. #keepFLwild

@milascintra

@dukamuhlen as fotos me lembraram teu trabalho 😉

@menvsglobe

🤗🤗🤗🤩

@sona___muradyan

😍😍😍😍

@judithlopezguti

Esta hermoso

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