2 Panthers Found Dead in Southwest Florida

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Fort Myers, FL (AP) - Two Florida panthers have been found
dead in southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports
that the body of a 5-year-old male with a radio collar was found
Thursday afternoon on Lee County Port Authority mitigation land in
the southern part of the county. Around the same time, the carcass
of a 1-year old female panther without a collar was found on
private property in Collier County.

It wasn't immediately clear what killed the male panther, but
the younger female appeared to have been killed by another panther.

The two deaths bring the total for the year up to 23.

Scientists believe less than 120 Florida panthers remain in the
wild, though they are running out of habitat.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by S Location: JAsper on Dec 26, 2010 at 02:09 PM
    There are alot here. I have seen them in lots of areas of Hamilton County and they are panthers, we see bob cats too. I have seen a panther catch a small calf at our farm and have called game and fish on several occasions.
  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Dec 24, 2010 at 03:02 PM
    I used to watch these things on Miramar Naval Air Station. They'd walk along the perimeter fence behind townhomes with swingsets and sand boxes in broad daylight and the residents wouldn't even realize that they were there. I can't see anything spectacular about the Florida version. A cougar, puma, or panther is the same animal just bring in a few more. When a child gets killed, or granny gets mauled it'll make a great headline...Not.
  • by lambohaha Location: madison on Dec 24, 2010 at 01:42 PM
    I too think that there is more than 120. I`ve seen bobcats and I`ve seen panthers and do know the difference between the two. I`ve seen them in Twin Rivers State Forest along with 2 Jaguarundi. The jaguarundi resembles the bobcat in the head area and has a long tail so that could very well confuse someone.
  • by cat man on Dec 24, 2010 at 07:44 AM
    Joey - you may have seen bobcats. Believe it or not, they can get as big as a large hunting dog and have relatively long tails. Jasper - give us proof!! Too many people can not recognize a bobcat when they see one and automatically label it as a "panther".
  • by jasper on Dec 24, 2010 at 02:49 AM
    lots of panthers and blackcats are seen here as well
  • by nature man Location: ga. on Dec 23, 2010 at 08:37 PM
    maby the human race can go extinc oneday. we are so destructive all in the name of dollars. one of the main problems they dont stay in one area they travel great distance hunting up to 500 miles. there are to many highways for them to cross.
  • by Joey Location: Perry on Dec 23, 2010 at 07:50 PM
    I think they are more panthers in the wild than 125. Which is a good thing. I have seen 3 for sure,maybe more just in north fl. 2 brown and 1 black. Hopefully they will make a comeback,but in the fast pace of land being cleared and developed,,i doubt it.
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