“My passion is endangered cats,” says biologist Dr. Jennifer Korn, who studies Florida panthers. Most of these panthers live in South Florida, but Korn focuses on the ones in the rest of the state. Until recently, that meant only the few adventurous South Florida males who crossed the Caloosahatchee River in search of territory and mates. But after photo proof of a mother and kittens on Babcock Ranch Preserve, Charlotte County, in March 2017 - the first clear documentation of a female north of the river in over 40 years - Korn’s work got more exciting. Also in March, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists documented a second female north of the river, near Venus, Florida, Highlands County, just a few miles from Archbold Biological Station.
Korn and other biologists working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission track panthers using motion sensor game cameras purchased with funding from specialty license plates. “Some people think that we snuggle panthers all day, but actually seeing a cat or touching a cat is a small part of the job. It is a lot of remote camera work, working with the public for education and outreach, and working with private landowners.”
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