FP-220 was first collared on February 4, 2013 in the Turner River Unit. She had been handled as K-228 at FP-93’s den on March 8, 2007 so she was known to be 6 years of age. 


Two weeks later on February 22, 2013 we collared FP-221 and soon learned via monitoring that she was the daughter of FP-220. We estimated FP-221’s age at 9 to 10 months of age based on tooth eruption. They were located together through October 2013. FP-220 and FP-221 were located separately starting in November 2013.  FP-221 was estimated to be 18 months of age when she dispersed but established a home range within her mother’s home range. 

FP-220 denned in February 2014 and we marked 3 kittens (K-406, K-407, K-408). 




K-406, K-407, and K-408 playing in their den.

FP-220's home range was 96 km2 in the Deep Lake and Turner River Units.

On October 29, 2015 photographer Denise Shreve saw FP-220 crossing Turner River Road.

On February 4, 2017 we changed FP-220s collar.

FP-220 was a very healthy 107 pounds.

June 22, 2017       K-477, K-478, K-479, K-480

We handled four kittens at FP-220 den today, two girls and two boys. They were healthy 12 day old kittens. Its a tough time of the year to be newborns in Big Cypress.  The water levels are up and there is little dry ground for a den. The heat index has been over 100 degrees for the last several days and the mosquitos are voracious . 

The video below shows the kittens as we found them at their den.

 K-477, K-478, K-479, K-480

© Ralph Arwood 2017