By Naples Daily News staff report
Originally published 05:38 p.m., September 15, 2008
Updated 05:38 p.m., September 15, 2008
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recovered the remains of a 3-year-old male Florida panther this morning at a landfill in Hendry County.
A cause of death was not immediately apparent. The carcass of the endangered cat had been scavenged and, given the degree of decomposition, had been there several days, according to an e-mail report from Conservation Commission scientist Dave Onorato.
The Conservation Commission put a radio collar on the panther in November 2007 just south of the Caloosahatchee River. Since then, scientists had tracked the panther through the Okaloacoochee Slough and remnant habitat west of State Road 29, according to the e-mail.
So far this year, the Conservation Commission has reported 15 panther deaths, including five road kills, one death from pneumonia, one death listed as accidental and two deaths from attacks by another panther. Six deaths are listed as having unknown causes.