PHOTO: Man Finds Florida Panther Sitting on Porch

A Fort Myers man captured a rare sight recently when a Florida panther decided to take a rest on his father's porch.

Phil Hendra was at the house in East Fort Myers in Lee County back on March 18 when he took a photo of the endangered panther sitting on the porch.

Hendra sent the photo to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who posted it on Facebook.

"It stayed for about 20 minutes and laid down for a bit," Hendra told the FWC. "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."

Panthers are endangered and FWC biologists estimate there are about 100-180 adults and yearlings in Florida. To report panther sightings, click here.

 
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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...

Posted by FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Photo Credit: Phil Hendra via FWC

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