16th dead Florida panther of 2008 discovered

Dead panther found near Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary makes 16 deaths this year
By Naples Daily News staff report
Originally published 12:55 p.m., September 16, 2008
Updated 12:55 p.m., September 16, 2008
NAPLES — The skeleton of a Florida panther was recovered late Monday afternoon on private property about two miles east of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and a mile north of Immokalee Road, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The Conservation Commission recovered another panther earlier that same day at the landfill in Hendry County. The two panthers are the 15th and 16th reported deaths of one of the endangered cats so far this year.
A cause of death could not be determined for either panther, the Conservation Commission said. The Corkscrew panther had been scavenged by vultures and only dry bones remained when the carcass was found, reports said.
There was no skull damage, an indication of an attack by another panther, and there is no indication that foul play was involved, the Conservation Commission reported.
The property owner reported the dead panther, which probably had been there since last Thursday, according to reports.
Based on the skull size, the panther probably was male. Tooth wear indicated the panther was about 8 years old.
The Conservation Commission plans to send the remains to a research lab in Gainesville for a necropsy, after which the remains will be archived at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
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