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2 more panther deaths to start 2013 in Southwest Florida

FOX 4 Staff

2 more panther deaths to start 2013 in Southwest Florida

CREATED Jan. 3, 2013

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - 2013 is starting out to be just as bad for Florida's endangered panther population as 2012.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reporting two panther deaths to start the New Year.

2012 saw 26 panther deaths in Florida, a record.

FWC reported the remains of a seven-month-old uncollared female panther were collected on January 1st on CR 833, two miles east of CR 846 in Hendry County.

Also, the remains of  a 10-month-old uncollared male panther were found on SR 29, just south of Oil Well Road in Collier County.

Both deaths were caused collisions with vehicles.

The carcasses will be transported to the FWC Wildlife Research Lab in Gainesville for a complete necropsy.

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