Florida Fish and Wildlife Biologists Successfully Capture, Relocate Juvenile Male Panther

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Cat lingering in neighborhood near busy highway

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists successfully captured and relocated an approximately 18 month old male panther from an area in Lee County with very limited suitable habitat, thanks to citizens who contacted us.

LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA– Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists successfully captured and relocated an approximately 18 month old male panther from an area with very limited suitable habitat, thanks to concerned citizens.

The panther was lingering in a neighborhood very close to a busy four-lane highway.

The young, 75-pound panther had likely recently left its mother in search of new territory, a behavior typical for male panthers of this age.

Because of the lack of quality habitat, the number of homes in the immediate area and the panther’s behavior, our panther team, in consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, determined that relocation was best for both the panther and local residents.

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The panther was lingering in a neighborhood very close to a busy four-lane highway.

The team set a trap for the panther and safely captured it.

They assessed the panther’s health and determined he was in good condition and ready to be returned to the wild.

Before releasing him at Dinner Island Wildlife Management Area early this morning, biologists equipped him with a tracking collar so they can follow his movements.

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