Tuesday, 13 January 2015

NEWSLINK: Panther road kills up to 24

Chad Gillis, cgillis@news-press.com5:28 p.m. EST December 29, 2014

The number of dead panthers documented in 2014 climbed higher Monday after state biologists recovered a 2-year-old male panther in Collier County.

The big cat was uncollared and was hit along Golden Gate Boulevard and represents the 24th road kill this year, and the 31st death overall — both of which are records, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission records.

Road kills have been problematic in Southwest Florida for decades and have risen, consistently, in recent years. Biologists say there are simply more panthers in the wild today than years ago.

The theory is that more drivers plus more panthers equals more road kills.

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