Just saw this article via ABC Action News / Tampa regards Florida panther encounters being on the rise throughout the state. They mention one such encounter at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, which has two trails that get you out into panther habitat. A researcher working in an area closed to the public (although it says “while hiking on a trail”) was followed by a panther there. When you’re hiking in Big Cypress and its surrounding natural lands, keep alert!
December 24, 2008 Sandra Friend