Florida panther killed in SW Florida

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Wildlife officials say the remains of a Florida Panther have been recovered near Immokalee.

The Fort Myers News-Press reports the panther's body was found Saturday by a landowner in a southwest Florida community just east of Immokalee.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say the panther was an uncollared 2-to-4-year-old male. They say puncture wounds were found in the panther's skill, indicating he was killed by another panther. The carcass will go to the agency's research laboratory in Gainesville for a necropsy.

Officials say this is the third panther death in Florida this year. The other two were killed by vehicles.

The agency says a record 26 of the endangered cats died in 2012 — with 17 killed by vehicles.

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