La Belle, FL (AP) - The state's first panther death for 2011
has been recorded in Hendry County.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports
that an 8-year-old male was found dead on private property
Wednesday. The animal's radio collar had been emitting a signal
that indicated the panther had not moved for long time and could be
The cause of death wasn't known, but officials say it appeared
to be a natural death. There were no signs of trauma.
A total of 23 panthers were found dead in 2010, including 16
killed by vehicles.
Biologists estimate the panther population in Florida to be
between 100 and 120.
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