Panther festival sheds light on endangered animal

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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 3:01 am | Updated: 9:05 pm, Tue Jan 14, 2014.

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panther Festival taking place in Naples will help shed light on the endangered animal.

The third annual festival is Saturday at the North Collier Regional Park. Visitors will learn more about the hunting habits of panthers, how they territory and raise their young. The event also includes a swamp buggy ride in panther territory.

Ben Nottingham is the refuge manager of Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. He says the goal is not only for guests to celebrate the Florida panther but also to increase their awareness of how to safely coexist with panthers, along with their livestock and pets.

The Florida Panther Festival

The festival is free to the public.

Field trips will be available on Sunday throughout southwest Florida where panthers roam. Fees do apply.

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