Vero Beach, FL (AP) - A $5,000 reward is being offered for
information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot
and killed a Florida panther.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the reward Monday.
Remains of the dead panther were found along a Seminole County
road last month. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission is already working with prosecutors to file charges for
the illegal possession of a Florida panther, but no information
about the suspects has been released. The federal agency is still
investigating who killed the animal.
Florida panthers are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Scientists believe there are only about 100 left in Florida.
Anyone with information should call 1-888-404-3922.
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