Fifth Florida panther death of 2012 reported by state — all tied to Collier

Wildlife officials discovered the remains of a dead Florida panther on U.S. 41 on Feb. 6, 2012.

Wildlife officials discovered the remains of a dead Florida panther on U.S. 41 on Feb. 6, 2012.

Wildlife officials discovered the remains of a dead Florida panther this morning on U.S. 41.

The remains of the 5-year-old uncollared male panther were discovered about a quarter of a mile east of Bass Road, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The cat was killed in a collision with a vehicle.

This is the fifth Florida panther death in 2012, all of which have occurred in Collier County.

The cats’ remains will be archived in the Florida Museum of Natural History.

A year ago, state biologists increased their estimate of the upper limit of the number of remaining endangered panthers to more than 160. Previous estimates had been 100 to 120 panthers.

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Sick writes:

If those people would have not built homes out in the sticks where these panthers live they would not be getting hit by their cars.

I blame the people who just had to live out there.

It's always east of 951.

Poor little panther.

lswjth2 writes:

Another cougar, nothing to see here folks. Think of all the deer and smaller game animals whose lives have been extended a little longer by not having a non native predator around.

HIGHWATER writes:

Even turtles seem to get the whole road crossing concept better than these hybrids.

estateslady11 writes:

Looks like we're killing one a week, they'll all be gone in a few months.
And all you fools, the non native cats were removed years ago.
When these beautiful cats are gone, They're gone for good, Florida is the last true stronghold for this beautiful cat.
I don't see any of you out doing anything about any of the pressing issues. Were any of you in the Commission Chambers when we were fighting Jackson Lab?
If you think I'm cranky today, I'm just getting warmed up.

swampbuggy writes:

in response to estateslady11:

Looks like we're killing one a week, they'll all be gone in a few months.
And all you fools, the non native cats were removed years ago.
When these beautiful cats are gone, They're gone for good, Florida is the last true stronghold for this beautiful cat.
I don't see any of you out doing anything about any of the pressing issues. Were any of you in the Commission Chambers when we were fighting Jackson Lab?
If you think I'm cranky today, I'm just getting warmed up.

There's plenty of them in Texas.

PeopleSpeak writes:

in response to Sick:

If those people would have not built homes out in the sticks where these panthers live they would not be getting hit by their cars.

I blame the people who just had to live out there.

It's always east of 951.

Poor little panther.

They build those homes on spec. Sucker snowbirds are partially to blame for buying the product... But developers would build anyway because speculators would buy on easy credit to flip with no intention of occupying units. Hence all of the vacant foreclosures.

I blame Big Development and the Kollier Kounty Kronies on the BCC that worship dead panthers at the altar of Barron Collier Cos and the like. You should see them at CBIA meetings, they wear panther skins and chant Hail Marys in Latin.

Ultimately, it's we the people who are to blame because we allow the BCC to allow no-thought, unsustainable, build-forever zoning. Then again, too many of us are from northern exurbs that enjoy hour long drives through sprawl.

HIGHWATER writes:

in response to estateslady11:

Looks like we're killing one a week, they'll all be gone in a few months.
And all you fools, the non native cats were removed years ago.
When these beautiful cats are gone, They're gone for good, Florida is the last true stronghold for this beautiful cat.
I don't see any of you out doing anything about any of the pressing issues. Were any of you in the Commission Chambers when we were fighting Jackson Lab?
If you think I'm cranky today, I'm just getting warmed up.

First one I saw was in the late 70's and back then that was special.
Fast forward to now ,these mutts are all over south florida. They're in Homestead , Cardsound road ,Chikeeka , behind the abondoned Nike Missile communications base off Krome ave , Rotenberg, Okeechobee, Ok slough ....and oh yeah how could we forget to mention the cat proving grounds of south florida....THE BIG CYPRESS
They've been documented in every county in south florida.
The program is a success!
Now on to sports.

catarina_eufemia writes:

Despicable and sad. Our children and grandchildren will ask us what we did to save the Everglades, the Florida Panther, and all the other amazing natural splendor and beauty that exists nowhere else in the world that we have been blessed with. All for frelling strip malls, gated communities and golf courses. A blasted shame.

HIGHWATER writes:

Mean while in Texas a boy was attacked by a Texas cougar , same species we have here. I hope dont sue the father for stabing the cat in defense of his son.

Texas boy, 6, attacked by mountain lion at Big Bend National Park

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/08/...

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/08/...

bumblebeee writes:

Animals get hit by cars. Old news. New news though, is how some cities/counties are overcoming it by underpasses, etc. Get with it people.

Besides, they wouldn't be endangered OR run over by cars if a bunch of fools didn't crap all over nature by bulldozing it and draining it to make room for old people, so in effect we'd have more tourism and more money and MORE PEOPLE. All the while LESS nature.

Gross.

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