The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it has confirmed neurological damage in one panther and one bobcat, and has footage of eight panthers having problems walking.

Florida panthers and bobcats are walking with a wobble and state wildlife officials are trying to figure out what’s causing the condition.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it has confirmed neurological damage in one panther and one bobcat, and has trail camera footage of eight panthers having problems walking.

Officials are asking for the public’s help in finding out what’s causing the stumbling.

“While the number of animals exhibiting these symptoms is relatively few, we are increasing monitoring efforts to determine the full scope of the issue.” said Gil McRae, director of FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. “Numerous diseases and possible causes have been ruled out; a definitive cause has not yet been determined.

We’re working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a wide array of experts from around the world to determine what is causing this condition.”

According to a press release, the FWC is testing for potential toxins, including rat poison, as well as infectious diseases and nutritional deficiencies.

Florida panthers, which are native to Florida, are an endangered species.

The public can help with this investigation by submitting trail camera footage or other videos that happen to capture animals that appear to have a problem with their rear legs. Files less than 10MB can be uploaded to our panther sighting webpage at MyFWC.com/PantherSightings. If you have larger files, please contact the FWC at Panther.Sightings@MyFWC.com.

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