Citizen Spotters Help Save Florida Panther
A year after launching its online site, biologists with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission have received 790 reports of panther sightings from most parts of the state, complete with GPS coordinates. The problem: Only 12 percent of the reports included photographs of the animal, or its tracks, that could be used to verify whether the reporter truly saw a Florida panther. The majority of the reports submitted with photos were verified as Florida panthers, the FWC said.
A year after launching an online site for Florida panther sightings, state wildlife officials are finding the data useful, even if the occasional report turns out to be a fox - or even a monkey. Yes, a monkey.