Panther Found Dead in Hendry County

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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

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  • by Tim Location: Tallahassee on Jan 12, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    hummm.. well maybe because the florida panther is the official Florida State Animal. Well worth preserving an icon just like the bald eagle was preserved.
  • by cecil on Jan 6, 2011 at 10:23 PM
    should we be concerned with the death of a panther law enforcement should be searching for some drug dealer or child molesters instead of wasting time on a panther
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