2 Florida panthers killed in Collier County

December 13, 2010

11:46 A.M. — Two Florida panther deaths have been reported by Fish and Wildlife Commission officials.

A 2- to 3-year-old male was found Sunday on U.S. 27, south of Moore Haven. Officials say he was struck by a vehicle.

This morning, a Collier County sheriff’s deputy reported seeing a panther get struck and killed a vehicle on Golden Gate Boulevard, between 5th and 7th Streets NW.

FWC officials recovered the carcass of a young male panther, who was approximately 1 1/2 years of age. An 8-month-old female kitten was killed at this location in May. Officials say it is possible that the panther killed this morning was a sibling of the kitten killed in May, and belonged to the family group that frequents this part of the Estates.

The carcasses are being transported to FWC’s Gainesville Research Laboratory for necropsy. The remains will be deposited with the FL Museum of Natural History. These are the 14th and 15th road kills for 2010.

bigcatrescue.org

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