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Panther repeatedly spotted in Collier neighborhood found dead

News Release

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists collected the remains of a male panther recently spotted in the Golden Gate Estates neighborhood of Collier County on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Because of an unusual white marking on this panther’s left ear, biologists believe that the panther found dead is the same panther that had been seen lingering in yards around this neighborhood.

The FWC panther team, working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service, had been closely monitoring this area since late November, as part of an ongoing effort to relocate this panther to a more suitable, less urban habitat.

Biologists collected the panther’s remains on Interstate 75 near mile marker 111 in Collier County. The cause of death is believed to be collision with a vehicle. A full necropsy will be conducted at the FWC’s Wildlife Research Lab in Gainesville. This is the first panther death in 2014.

Floridians can help conservation of panthers by purchasing the Protect the Panther license tag at Proceeds from the license plate support the FWC’s panther research and management efforts.

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