BIRDS OF FLORIDA
Florida Panther in Sarasota
This "Palmer Ranch Panther" has been determined to be a panther
by a professional wildlife photographer that photographs panthers. However, another professional identified
this as a bobcat.
you think that you see a panther, please take as many photos
as possible and
email them to us.
SIGHTINGS & UPDATES
NEW PANTHER SIGHTING
2/18/2010 in Venetia, Venice FL
Pat M was walking her dog when she spotted a panther by one of the lakes in
Venetia. She sees bobcats occasionally and is sure this was a panther, as it was
much larger and had a very long tail. Pat explained that the lakes and wetlands
in Venetia connect to a great deal of undeveloped land, so the panther may have
ventured up from that area.
Read Herald Tribune Article on the Panther in Sarasota
Photo use approved by Deborah Blanco
March 18, 2009
I saw the Palmer Ranch panther
last week at around 8:45am. At first I thought it was a bobcat but after
looking up the photos, it was a panther. It was huge!!! It was about 4 feet
long...plus a long tail. It was about 2 1/2 feet high. As I was leaving the
west entrance of Mira Lago (just north of Beneva) it ran in front of the car and
behind a home located inside of Mira Lago.
FL Panther Palmer Ranch Sighting 1/29/2009
I LIVE ON DEERBROOK CIRCLE IN TURTLE ROCK, ON PALMER RANCH.
AND ABOUT 4PM TODAY I SAW WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A BOBCAT
IN MY YARD, BUT AFTER READING YOUR WEBSITE IT MAY HAVE BEEN
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.
What a treat!
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
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.
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.
I was standing in my mother-in--law's
lanai in mid August and saw the panther walking along the back of the
property line. The house is in Palmer Ranch off Honore Road and backs up to
a small preserve.
I was able to get my husbands camera and got a picture of the panther but
unfortunately he had moved away (when I first saw him he was probably only
10 feet away) so the picture isn't that great.
Before I got the pix, I made a noise and he turned and looked straight at
me. Wow....wish I had that shot.
My family and I
were driving eastbound on 72 between Sarasota and Arcadia this morning
(Labor Day) and sighted a medium-sized panther crossing from south to north
(approximately 9:45 AM). I guesstimate that we were 3 or 3 miles east of the
Myakka State Park entrance. I honked the horn to alert it and to assure that
it stayed clear of the road. It stopped on the north side of the road and
looked at us as we passed and then proceeded north. I wasn't aware of
panthers being in that area and I thought your organization might want to
have this information.
Sarasota Panther Sightings:
was showing properties on Sunday, 12/4/05 to a client that lives on Palmer Ranch. She was very
sure that she watched a Florida Panther by the small lake behind her house last
week. She said it looked sleek and healthy.
I saw a Panther on the Trails to
Rails path near Saratoga condos Friday evening, then again Saturday
April 29th about 7:30 p.m. crossing through Silver Oaks subdivision to
the southern woods. Sorry I didn't have a camera. Kyle
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Sightings in other areas of Florida
Last March while living on Amelia Island Florida at the Amelia Island
Plantation I spotted a Florida Panther on the 18th fairway of Oak Marsh
Golf Course. I took a picture of it but it was so far away that you
cannot really see it in the photo well. Others that lived on the
Plantation said they also spotted a Black Panther in the area.
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