PHOTO OF THE DAY: Endangered Florida Panther Spotted Sitting On Porch

By  //  March 30, 2016

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once in a lifetime experience

It's not every day you look out the window to see a Florida panther sitting on your porch. Phil Hendra was at his father's house in East Fort Myers (Lee County) just south of the Orange River when he took this photo of the endangered big cat. (FWC image)

It’s not every day you look out the window to see a Florida panther sitting on your porch. Phil Hendra was at his father’s house in Lee County just south of the Orange River when he took this photo of the endangered big cat. (FWC image)

It’s not every day you look out the window to see a Florida panther sitting on your porch.

Phil Hendra was at his father’s house in East Fort Myers (Lee County) just south of the Orange River when he took this photo of the endangered big cat.

“It stayed for about 20 minutes and laid down for a bit,” said Hendra.

“It looked at us inside the window then slowly walked away and we have not seen it since. My parents have lived here since 1988 and they may have seen a younger panther about two years ago, but nothing compares to this once in a lifetime experience.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that this sighting did not occur in the Oldsmar area of Pinellas County.

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“There’s been a lot of misinformation spreading on social media regarding the sighting location, so please disregard these false claims,” said FWC in a Facebook post.

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