Estates residents urged to predator-proof their property from Florida panthers

A panther kitten waits on the other side of a fence for its mother. A trail camera with a motion sensor captured the image.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

A panther kitten waits on the other side of a fence for its mother. A trail camera with a motion sensor captured the image.

A female panther drags off a goat killed June 6 at 15th Street Southwest while one of her kittens waits on the other side of the fence. A trail camera with a motion sensor captured the image.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

A female panther drags off a goat killed June 6 at 15th Street Southwest while one of her kittens waits on the other side of the fence. A trail camera with a motion sensor captured the image.

A female Florida panther roaming part of Golden Gate Estates with three kittens has killed livestock at four homes so far this month, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The attacks prompted the Conservation Commission to advise Estates residents Thursday to keep their livestock and pets in predator-proof enclosures.

Five chickens and nine goats have been killed between Wilson Boulevard and 21st Street Southwest since June 1 - including on Third Street Northwest, 15th Street Southwest, Stable Way and 19th Street Northwest, Conservation Commission biologist Mark Lotz said.

Lotz said the panther has not been aggressive toward people who have seen it, and residents shouldn't feel threatened by panthers in their neighborhoods.

The Conservation Commission says residents should keep livestock and pets in enclosures with sturdy walls and a roof at night and secure garbage and pet food that might attract wildlife that are prey for panthers.

The attacks this month come after a similar string of attacks on livestock on Stable Way, Jenkins Way, Keri Island Road and 17th Street Southwest in March and April.

The Conservation Commission lists two other attacks on livestock on Garland Road and on Morgan Street in late May.

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