Thursday, May 14, 2009

Panther Killed On State Road 29

Eighth Florida Panther Found  Dead This Year

LABELLE, FL. -- A young male panther approximately 2 years was discovered and collected by Big Cypress National Preserve personnel about 6:30 Thursday morning along SR29 in the south bound lane about 4 miles south of I-75.  Cause of death was vehicle collision. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission biologist Mark Lotz of the Naples FWC office said in a report that the carcass was transported to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's Naples Field Office where samples were collected. The body was placed in the freezer and it will be transported for necropsy at a later date. 

The report adds that after necropsy the hide and skeleton will be archived at the Florida Museum of Natural History.  The panther had a cowlick but no kinked tail.  A transponder was not detected.  Both testicles were descended.

This is the 8th panther found dead so far this calendar year. Three have been in Hendry county, Three in Collier county, and two in Lee county.

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