ver the same time period, however, researchers have documented the births of 96 panther kittens - this number only includes kittens from females wearing radio collars."You have to take into account recruitment," said Dave Onorato, a research scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's panther section.
"And panthers are moving.
Because the population has increased since 1995, they're moving into areas where there are more roads."The one proven way to limit vehicle-related deaths is to build wildlife crossings under roads."It's tough because of how expensive crossings are," Onorato
"We're always going to have problems with roads and panthers.
Florida is highly developed, and we can't fence every road."South Florida has reached its carrying capacity: The area can't support any more of the species.
few male Florida panthers have crossed the Caloosahatchee River, but for the population to increase, females must cross the river, too - no female panther has been documented north of the river since 1972."The limiting factor is for females to get antsy and swim across the ditch to establish a breeding population," Onorato