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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A family looked outside their window and saw a Florida Panther staring right back at them.

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Phil Hendra snapped a picture of the endangered cat sitting on the porch of his father’s Fort Myers home on March 18th.

“It stayed for about 20 minutes and laid down for a bit,” said Hendra. “It looked at us inside the window then slowly walked away and we have not seen it since.”

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And this was not the first time they saw one near their home.

“My parents have lived here since 1988 and they may have seen a younger panther about two years ago, but nothing compares to this once in a lifetime experience,” said Hendra.

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Florida Wildlife Officials clarified that the sighting did not occur in the Oldsmar area of Pinellas County. They also reiterated that anyone who wants to report a panther sighting in Florida can visit: