According to a report by Florida's Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state's panther
population is on the rise.
The tawny-fur felines now number around 100, compared to about
35 in the early 1990s.
The commission's report shows that interactions between humans
and panthers are increasing, and that panthers attacked domestic
animals on eight occasions between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008.
During the study period, panthers killed 11 domestic animals: six
goats, five sheep and one fallow deer. A llama and a dog were
Although human-panther interactions are increasing, experts say
the endangered big cats are shy and not a real threat to people.