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

Den Camera Video

Our video cameras did not get any video of FP-220 returning to her den. The behavior of the kittens is consistent with her return to the area. Apparently she cared for her kittens nearby but out of camera view. Telemetry data confirms that FP-220 was in the area at this time. The young opossum walked through the den while the panthers were still there!

© Ralph Arwood 2017