Officials: Panther attacks 4 calves near Naples

The Associated Press

NAPLES, FLA. — Wildlife officials are trying to capture an endangered Florida panther that has attacked at least four calves at a ranch near Naples.

Officials say that if they capture the panther, they will first check to see if it is attacking the calves because it is too sickly to chase wild prey like deer and hogs.

If it is healthy, a tracking collar will be placed on it and it will be moved away from the ranch.

If it returns to the ranch, officials say they could use dogs and loud recordings of baying dogs to scare it off

Scientists say between 100 and 120 panthers are left in the wild, up from as few as 30 in the 1980s. That has led to more conflicts with humans and livestock.

bigcatrescue.org

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