Ricky Pires Director,
“Wings of Hope” Program
-Be aware at dawn, dusk, or dark when panthers are most active
-Hike or bike with a friend. There is safety in numbers
-To avoid attracting panther prey, don't leave food outside
-Secure trash containers
-Landscape with plants that do not attract deer or other panther prey
-Report any panther sightings to www.myfwc.com/panthersightings
-If you see a panther, give it space. Don't run.
-Secure household trash cans in a shed, garage or wildlife-resistant container.
-Place household trash cans out the morning of pick up day, rather than the night before.
-Feed pets indoors or bring in dishes after feeding.
-Clean grills and store them in a locked, secure place.
-Remove wildlife feeders or make them bear-resistant.
-Pick up fruit from trees—bears love fruit!
-Don’t leave your dog chained up outside, bears could attack them.
-Keep dogs on a leash and cats inside.
-If you see or suspect that someone is feeding or attracting bears, go to www.myfwc.com/bearsightings
-Report any illegal Saw Palmetto berry picking at the FWC Alert Hotline (888) 404-3922
Scare that bear with:
--Fog horn blasts
--Beating a pan with a spoon