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What Would You Do If You Spotted This Panther on Your Porch?

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This rare adult panther decided to take a cat nap on a homeowner’s porch in Florida.

It’s rare to wake up and find a full grown adult panther camping out on your porch.

That’s exactly what happened to Phil Hendra on March 18, when he glanced outside of his father’s home and spotted this enormous cat taking a break on their porch in East Fort Myers, Florida.

FB/FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
FB/FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Panthers seemed to have been somewhat of a myth up and down the East Coast of the United States, but there have been documented sightings of the large cats, especially in certain parts of Florida.

“It stayed for about 20 minutes and laid down for a bit,” Hendra said. “It looked at us inside the window then slowly walked away and we have not seen it since.” Fortunately for Hendra, he did not walk around the corner of the house and stare eye to eye with such a majestic cat, or the story could have played out very differently.

Not to long ago a Tennessee man captured trail camera footage of a panther checking out his mock scrape he had just recently put up. It goes to show that these rare, endangered species in the Southeast part of the country do exist and are seemingly beginning to populate other areas.

According to the National Wildlife Federation, there are less than 100 Florida panthers left in the wild today.

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What Would You Do If You Spotted This Panther on Your Porch?