By Daily News staff
Saturday, March 10, 2007
A Florida panther was found flattened along a road Friday night in Okaloacoochee Slough in Hendry County, state wildlife officials said.
The big cat was lying on County Road 832 about 100 feet west of the Keri Tower Road entrance into the state wildlife management area, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The 42-pound panther was probably a male kitten and may have been the sibling of a young female panther found dead six weeks earlier in almost the same spot.
The two panthers are the only known panther roadkills this year. In all, five panthers have been found dead across Florida this year; two from fights with other panthers and one from unknown causes.
The panther has been on the federal endangered species list since 1967. Scientists estimate there are 80 to 100 left, most of them in Southwest Florida.