The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking for your help as they face an unknown condition threatening our big cats.
The disorder has, so far, seemed to affect Florida panthers and bobcats.
The abnormality causes the cats to stumble, seemingly unable to coordinate their back legs.
The FWC writes:
As of August 2019, the FWC has confirmed neurological damage in one panther and one bobcat. Additionally, trail camera footage has captured eight panthers (mostly kittens) and one adult bobcat displaying varying degrees of this condition. Videos of affected cats were collected from multiple locations in Collier, Lee and Sarasota counties, and at least one panther photographed in Charlotte County could also have been affected.”
They are testing for toxins, including rat pesticide, as well as infectious diseases and nutritional deficiencies.
The organization is also asking the public for video, if they have it, of stumbling big cats and to submit those videos to the FWC.
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The more footage they have, the better their investigation, which quickly needs solved.
Florida panthers are an endangered species in the state.
Biologists estimate there are about 200 left in the wild.
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A disorder has been seen in some Florida panthers and bobcats and we are taking this seriously. We have confirmed neurological damage in one panther and one bobcat. Additionally, trail camera footage has captured eight panthers (mostly kittens) and one adult bobcat displaying varying degrees of trouble walking or difficulty coordinating their back legs. Based on this evidence, the condition appears to be localized in three areas. Our biologists are investigating and need your help. If you have trail cam footage or videos that show an animal that appears to have a problem with its rear legs, please upload to our panther sighting webpage at MyFWC.com/PantherSightings. For large files, please contact us at Panther.Sightings@MyFWC.com. Find the full story on the link in our bio. FWC stock photo. #Panther #myfwc #FWC.com #bobcat #cat #feline #news #Florida #Picoftheday #photooftheday #nature #conservation #wildlife
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