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FWC reports two Florida panther deaths in first few days of June

A Florida panther (Photo courtesy FWC)

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced the recent discovery of the remains of two Florida panthers. The FWC stated vehicle collisions were the likely cause of death in both cases.

The remains of a 4-year-old female Florida panther were discovered June 3 on Church Street in Hendry County. The site is about five miles west of State Road 29.

The following day the remains of a 2-year-old Florida panther were collected on State Road 29, about three miles south of Interstate 75 in Collier Country.

The two reported deaths in the first four days of June equals the number of reported deaths for all of May.

The recorded death toll for Florida panthers in 2021 stands at 18, according to the FWC. Thirteen of those deaths are believed to have been due to vehicle collisions.

Nine of the deaths have occurred in Collier County, followed by Lee (5), Hendry (2), Glades (1) and Hardee (1). To report a dead or injured panther call FWC wildlife alert hotline at (888) 404-3922. For more information click here.

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