Slow Speed Nighttime Panther Zone

Project Description

Photo credit for sign photos: Defenders of Wildlife volunteer Eric Myer "A rural road that bisects the Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest, Keri Road (pronounced kee-rye) is a documented danger zone for panthers and other wildlife. Nine panthers are known to have been killed by vehicles on CR 832 [by the time of the speed zone's implementation in early 2012], six of which were within the state forest. While the road had a posted speed limit of 55 mph, many drivers exceeded that speed. When the Hendry County Engineering Department recorded vehicle speeds on the road in August 2011, they fou...

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Hendry County, FL
Project Size:
  • 5.34 miles

Project Sites

  • Slow Speed Nightime Panther Zone

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission
    Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.

Primary Goals:

  • Reduce panther deaths from road accidents.

Targeted Habitats:

No targeted habitats were identified for this project.

Targeted Species:

  • Florida Panther Puma concolor coryi

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Other - Enhance stewardship (timber, ranch, farm, urban): slow speed zone to help wildlife crossings Ongoing Management 2012 --


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? No/Unknown

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Defenders of Wildlife

Managing Organization

Hendry County
(Local Government)

Contact Information

Elizabeth Fleming (Florida Representative)
Defenders of Wildlife

General Information

Project #: 197235
Last Updated: December 05, 2012

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