Panther killed near Big Cypress Preserve; Sixth cat to die this year
By Naples Daily News staff report Originally published 11:41 a.m., Thursday, May 14, 2009Updated 11:41 a.m., Thursday, May 14, 2009
COLLIER COUNTY — Big Cypress National Preserve personnel found a young male panther dead along the side of State Road 29 after it was struck by a vechile about four miles south of Interstate 75 this morning, state wildlife officials report.
The male panther, about 2 years old or less, is the sixth panther roadkill of 2009, four of which have been in Collier County and one each in Lee and Hendry, according to state figures.
Big Cypress personnel retrieved the panther carcass at about 6:30 a.m. along the southbound lane of SR 29, according to a report by the Conservation Commission.
The panther did not have a radio-tracking collar. The carcass will be sent away for a necropsy at a later date. The hide and skeleton will be archived at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
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