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Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | A Florida panther patrols his territory…

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Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | A Florida panther patrols his territory in the cypress swamps and pine woods of southwest Florida. He walks through this camera trap at Babcock Ranch about once a month, facing the camera only half the time and mostly at night. Once or twice a year I get to see him like this, with some daylight adding depth to the scene (those are water drops on the lens port). I’ve known this panther, through my camera traps, for nearly three years. I’ve seen him heal from battle scars, recover from a limp, and persistently court the first female panther documented north of the Caloosahatchee River since 1973. I also have seen kittens that were probably his. I’ve never seen a panther in this part of Florida with my own eyes. Only through tracks and photos do I get a glimpse into its secretive life. Knowing this dominant male panther is patrolling and defending his territory gives me hope that we can use his story to defend the larger territory of his species from the expanded roads and development that currently target Florida’s last wild places. Rancher Cary Lightsey told me: “The panther is going to have to help us save Florida.” I believe his words; the panther can help inspire a movement to achieve balance for wild Florida and ourselves. I’m going to keep photographing and filming panthers—and the land they represent. And we’re going to use the story to promote new conservation policies that empower landowners seeking alternatives to development. Please stay connected with me in the coming months and check out the links in my bio. #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #pathofthepanther #floridawild #KeepFLWild #panther @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo



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