Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Panther Update

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The second panther death of the year was reported last Monday, January 30, 2017 after a 4-year-old big cat died after battling with another panther.

Called intraspecific aggression, panthers will fight to the death over territory, which equates to feeding and breeding grounds.

The big cat was found on private property in Hendry County just east of County Road 835, an area that has seen increased panther activity in recent years as the population rebounds and moves north from Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park.

The FWC recovered the cat on last Saturday, and the remains will be sent to the University of Florida in Gainesville for a necropsy.

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