Florida panthers might be changing up their diet — but it’s not us they’re after.
Florida Fish and Wildlife says so far this year, panthers have attacked 31 times, going after goats, miniature horses, pigs, sheep, and even a little dog.
27 attacks were in Collier County, and a majority of those were in Golden Gates Estates.
Panther experts say the big cats usually go after deer, wild hogs, and raccoons. But, they take domestic animals as prey when and where they can.
Fortunately, panthers rarely attack people. Keep pets and livestock safe by keeping them inside or in sealed off areas, especially at night.
Wildlife experts are estimating there are a couple hundred panthers in Southwest Florida, and they’re big, powerful cats so be careful.
If you see a panther attack, call Florida Wildlife at 888-404-FWCC.
Learn more about the Florida Panther here .