$5,000 Reward for Info on Florida Panther Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    File charges against who for possession of the panther???? It was shot so i don't understand
  • by Endangered species on Apr 26, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    People are not endangered.
  • by Jessica Location: Tally on Apr 26, 2011 at 07:18 AM
    I hope they find whoever did this and put them under the jail. By the time it's all said and done we aren't going to have any animals left we are killing them all! It's really sad!
  • by Franklin Thompson Location: Tallahassee on Apr 26, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    This goes to show how our society has deteriorated. Cash rewards are not even offered for information on people being murdered, yet we do so for animals.
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      by really? on Apr 26, 2011 at 06:56 AM in reply to Franklin Thompson
      There are way more than 100 people left, and we humans are the ones responsible for the population decline of the Florida panther. I think this is actually the opposite of our society "deteriorating". I think this shows that some people actually understand and respect nature. Humans are the most vicious predators of all.
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      by Deteriorated on Apr 26, 2011 at 07:21 AM in reply to Franklin Thompson
      People have people. What do animals have? Nothing so a reward is appropriate. And I see rewards for information on people many times.
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      by yep on Apr 26, 2011 at 07:23 AM in reply to Franklin Thompson
      Because there are so many of those kind of people being murdered the cash reward couldn't be more than 20 dollars or we would run out of money that we don't have. And the 20 dollars would just be wasted.
  • by SMH Location: Tallahassee on Apr 26, 2011 at 05:13 AM
    Guess that leaves 99 Black Panthers now...
    • reply
      by SMH on Apr 26, 2011 at 05:48 AM in reply to SMH
      I meant Florida Panthers.
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