BIRDS OF FLORIDA
Florida Panther in Sarasota
This "Palmer Ranch Panther" has been determined to be a panther
you think that you see a panther, please take as many photos
SIGHTINGS & UPDATES
NEW PANTHER SIGHTING
2/18/2010 in Venetia, Venice FL
March 18, 2009
FL Panther Palmer Ranch Sighting 1/29/2009
Sighting Update 1/14/2008
I just wanted to report that my sister and I saw the Palmer
Ranch Panther on two separate occasions on Tuesday January 14, 2008. She was
taking a morning run around 8am when she saw it, and I was taking my kids for a
walk around 5pm when I saw it. It was in the same area both times - near the
intersection of Whitemarsh Avenue and Glen Meadow Drive in Stoneybrook Country
Club. It was running across the street into the brush area.
We would like to inform you of a wonderful Panther
sighting on Friday. (2/23/07)He walked by our lanai and we
watched him walk to the preserve and stop as though he saw a prey
inside. We watched as he stood for a few minutes and I got a great look
thru binoculars. This was the second time in recent months. This took
place in Turtle Rock on Palmer Ranch.
SIGHTINGS UPDATE 12/06
12/9/06: 4pm: Watched what appeared to be a Florida Panther pounce on and successfully capture and kill small water bird in the preserve area South of Central Sarasota Parkway. Fishing from north shore of lake/pond, when large cat pounced on a Eastern coot, which was swimming in lake from the shoreline. Animal entered water to capture bird and bounded out of water easily clearing 4 foot high grasses. Cat was approx. 30 inches high and weighed 60-80 lbs, Sighted from about 50 yards away. Absolutely stunning to watch. I guarantee there are prints in the mud at the sight of the kill. Will notify authorities Monday.
Met with County wildlife person. We were not allowed to enter site to look for prints as we would have had to cross private property to do so. I doubt I will ever get verification of what I saw. The sighting was in the Stoneybrook Area of Palmer Ranch, Property manager was very nice, but would not allow us to cross private property to look for tracks. He did say there was a very large bobcat in the area, but I have never seen an 80 lb bobcat. The bird taken was a pied billed grebe not a coot. Use the sighting if you wish.
SIGHTINGS UPDATE September 2006:
How exciting, we finally have a photo of the Palmer Ranch panther. We are so fortunate to have this magnificent creature in our area. Thank you to Kathy from Damascus, MD, who was visiting family on Palmer Ranch for sharing this story and photo.
Sightings in other areas of Florida
Sincerely, Toni M
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