Sunday, May 20, 2012

Panther found dead near Immokalee

Wildlife officials found the body of a 3-year-old male Florida panther Friday in rural Collier County — the tenth panther death of the year in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Officials said the panther appeared to have died from injuries caused by fighting another panther. They discovered the body about a mile northwest of the intersection of Immokalee Road and County Line Road, near Immokalee, during a routine flight while monitoring panthers.

The panther's body will be taken to the FWC Wildlife Research Lab in Gainesville for a complete necropsy. Its remains also will be archived in Gainesville at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Source