COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - People in the Golden Gate Estates are used to living with wildlife, but parents say a panther roaming the area is getting too close to kids at a bus stop.
One father tells WINK News he saw a panther cross 8th Avenue SE, near Everglades Boulevard, just feet from kids Monday morning.
Another neighbor, one street over, believes the same panther is responsible for killing three of his pet goats just days before.
Parents are concerned for their children's safety and want the animal relocated, they believe it's just a matter of time before the panther attacks a child. However, Florida Fish and Wildlife has no plans to move the endangered cat.
A spokesperson for FWC tells us panthers have never attacked a human in Florida and it's not a threat to anyone. They do want kids to know it's important not to run, because it could entice a panther to chase them. FWC suggests parents drive their kids to the bus stop.