Florida panther deaths still at record-high for 2016

Florida Panther (Photo: FWC)
Florida Panther (Photo: FWC)

A record number of endangered Florida panthers died again last year— 42 of the remaining big cats were killed, matching the 2015 record. 34 were hit by vehicles in southwest Florida, where development is shrinking what’s left of their habitat.

The tally kept by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission includes six new litters, with a total of 14 cubs born in 2016. But the state estimates that only 100 to 180 of the big cats remain in the wild.

Critics say government officials failed to implement “coherent efforts” to save the Florida panthers. In a statement last Wednesday, Jeff Ruch of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility said he doesn’t expect their plight to improve under President-elect Donald Trump.

On January 12, 2017 a three-month old male was discovered on CR832 five miles west of CR833 cause of death: vehicle. Link to “FWC PantherNet: Panther Pulse

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