Florida Panther on Sanibel Island, Florida

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curious

Redwood City, CA

#1 Dec 2, 2008
where was this picture taken? it is stunning.
Aynon

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Oct 15, 2009
curious wrote:
where was this picture taken? it is stunning.
Sanibel Island, Florida in the late 1990's.
Cynthia

Montgomery, AL

#3 Jul 9, 2012
Is it wise to ride the bike paths alone with panthers and bobcats out and about on Sanibel?
JPC

Fort Myers, FL

#4 Sep 23, 2012
That photo could not have been taken on Sanibel. There is no where near enough room on that island for a panther. Males need about 150 sq miles of habitat and females need about 80 sq miles. There are too many people on that island and not enough food.
MAK

Elgin, IL

#5 Nov 27, 2012
Just saw this panther on Sunday, Nov. 25. 2012. Beautiful!! Crossed road slowly, paused by the side of the road in our headlights for about 4 seconds. Got a great look at a beautiful, but strong, large predator. Don't know how it survives on such a small island, but I do believe my eyes!!!
Valerie H from New Jersey

Fort Myers, FL

#6 Dec 26, 2012
I saw a panther walk across Captiva Drive just before dusk this evening from east to west not far from Blind Pass while out for a walk. This amazing animal crossed the road not more than 20 feet from me and cars in both directions slowed to a stop to let it pass. Incredible.
Steve

Fort Myers, FL

#7 Jan 9, 2013
My brother-in-law and I were walking on the Indingo trail this afternoon. A large animal that look like a panther crossed the path about 50 yards ahead of us. It was tall and long. Staff at the park assured us that it was a bobcat. If so, that was one big bobcat.
Smilingirl

Cape Coral, FL

#8 Apr 18, 2013
JPC wrote:
That photo could not have been taken on Sanibel. There is no where near enough room on that island for a panther. Males need about 150 sq miles of habitat and females need about 80 sq miles. There are too many people on that island and not enough food.
I saw the Sanibel Panther twice in the year following hurricane Charley, when a lot of the trees were down and visibility into the jungle was good. I was in the neighborhood of the Bailey Tract of Ding Darling refuge. I dont know if youve ever been to Sanibel but are enough rabbits in that refuge to feed several cats! Not to mention birds etc. I know several others who have also spotted him/her in the same general area.

I have also seen several bobcats on the island and this was not that. They are smaller and maybe thicker, especially in the face.My panther was tall lean, long tail and tawny colored, just as pictures of panthers I've seen.

No one would think we'd have a bear on the island either....but we did.
:)
sue

West Chester, OH

#9 May 22, 2013
Just visited Sanibel Island and had a panther cross in front of us, no more than 10 feet, as we biked on Middle Gulf Road on May 21, 2013. It was not a bobcat.
Wes

Fort Myers, FL

#10 Jun 12, 2013
My family and i were walking a trail on the bailey tract on sanibel island, when what, at first, appeared to be some sort of fox crossed the trail we were walking on about 40 feet or so ahead of us. I decided to investigate, and so i walked to the corner it had just turned onto (dont do this, it could be dangerous) and looked, and it was following the trail it was almost to another corner so i quickly snapped a couple of pictures, and looked thru my binoculars and got a nice clean look, it had a dark tannish color, and no spots. I have looked very closely at the picture, and i can confirm that it was not a bobcat or ocelot. I believe that it was a florida panther.
Ron

Fort Myers, FL

#11 Jan 7, 2014
In early November I was traveling east on SanCap Rd around mile marker 4 and saw what I believe to be a Panther cross the road in front of me. I had a great side view, looked a little like a Cheetah, long tail, was not a Bobcat.
dawn

Winter Garden, FL

#12 Feb 14, 2014
we saw what was definitely a panther this afternoon, crossing Sanibel Captiva Road in front of us while we rode bikes on the bike trail. It was absolutely a panther. too large to be a bobcat, brown with a long tail. this was near the intersection of Tarpon Bay Road along the edge of the wildlife refuge.
Judy DeRango Wicks

Atlanta, GA

#13 Jun 2, 2014
Last week (May 28, 2014) we saw a Florida panther walking on the bike path on Sanibel-Captiva Road near the bird sanctuary as we drove back to Captiva after seeing a movie. It was after dark, taillights lit it up but didn't seem to be bothered by our car, strolling along the path like a big cat, tan colored, the size of a small lioness. No doubt this is what it was.
A2P Cincinnati

Fort Myers, FL

#14 Jun 10, 2014
We just saw the Florida panther on Sanibel Captiva Road today at about 9:45 am. It just trotted across the street and popped into the woods via an obvious animal trail. It had a beautiful long tail. So amazing.
Sanibella

Fort Myers, FL

#15 Jun 25, 2014
I just saw what I believe also to be a small Florida Panther along bike trail on San-Cap rd in about the same location. It Did not have spots like a bobcat. Was the size of a medium dog. It appeared to be stalking two raccoons in a tree. It left too quickly for a pic but I concur there is one here!
Vin T

Worcester, MA

#16 Oct 21, 2014
JPC wrote:
That photo could not have been taken on Sanibel. There is no where near enough room on that island for a panther. Males need about 150 sq miles of habitat and females need about 80 sq miles. There are too many people on that island and not enough food.
Nothing personal. I too know what the habitat of a panther is. But I have seen the panther on Sanibel. Not a bobcat with out a doubt. It was a Florida panther I am 100% certain. I have owned a condo on Sanibel for ten years the rodent life is rampant. There is plenty of prey for this animal.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#17 Oct 21, 2014
The rodent life?....Maybe we should be addressing that?
Libby

Fort Myers, FL

#18 Wednesday Dec 17
My family and I just saw a panther on Shefflera rd. in the south seas resort of Captiva while bike riding. It was big, all tan and had a very long tail. It strutted right down the road and then disappeared into the bushes. We were all amazed that we got to see such a rare animal.
divinitylove

Apopka, FL

#19 Wednesday Dec 17
Libby wrote:
My family and I just saw a panther on Shefflera rd. in the south seas resort of Captiva while bike riding. It was big, all tan and had a very long tail. It strutted right down the road and then disappeared into the bushes. We were all amazed that we got to see such a rare animal.
Libby,
I'm glad to see you post this as the staff at Ding Darling would not believe my sister and I saw one on Sanibel-Captiva Rd a few years ago. They kept telling us it had to have been a Bobcat but what we saw was definitely a panther with long legs and a long tail. I hope he's well and they're protecting him. Perhaps their way of protecting him is to deny our reports.
OldFlorida

United States

#20 Thursday Dec 18
Go Blue Forever wrote:
The rodent life?....Maybe we should be addressing that?
Well, predators have to eat, too, let them take care of the rodent life.

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