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Living with Florida Panthers Program at Wildlife Park April 26

By Susan Strawbridge Posted on April 21, 2018

A special program on the Living with Florida Panthers initiative will be presented on Thursday, April 26, 2018, starting at 1:00 pm in the Florida Room in the park’s Visitor Center. The presenter is Jayne Johnston, Panther Outreach Specialist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) initiative Living with Panthers.

Jayne says, “FWC created my role as a public safety measure since panther recovery is such a great success story.  With an increase in their population and the human population, we want to ensure the safety of humans and panthers by spreading the word on what we can do to minimize interactions between the two.”

Jayne Johnson, FWC Panther Outreach Specialist will present, “Living with Panthers”.

Her program will include historical and biological information about panthers, their former and current range, impacts to their populations past present and future, and how to keep safe on the roads where most panthers are killed.  She’ll also include information about interagency, public, and private partnerships and citizen science opportunities

Johnston was born in New Jersey but moved to Florida when she was one and a half years old. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and is a certified interpretive guide with the National Association on Interpretation.  Her focus is on informal environmental education through public outreach, guided hikes, and afterschool programs. There is no charge to attend the Living with Florida’s Panthers program.

This event will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018 starting at 1:00 pm in the Florida Room of the Visitor Center, 4150 S, Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, FL 34446


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