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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