Necropsy planned for Florida panther kitten

Published: Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 8:24 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 8:24 a.m.

EAST NAPLES, Fla. — A necropsy is planned for a panther kitten killed on a southwest Florida road.

State wildlife officials say the 3-month-old, 30-pound kitten's carcass was recovered Thursday from an East Naples road.

The necropsy will be performed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's lab in Gainesville. The animal's hide and skeleton will be archived at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Officials say 24 wild Florida panthers were killed in 2009; 17 deaths were on roads.

The Florida panther population has rebounded to about 100 from 30 cats living in the wild 20 years ago.

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