Posted by: stiltsville | November 3, 2010

Biologists capture, collar male panther near recent calf depredations

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Florida Panther

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have successfully captured and collared a male panther near the recent calf depredations in eastern Collier County. The capture went smoothly and occurred without incident on Wednesday.

Hounds detected the panther’s scent a little more than a mile west of the depredation sites. The hounds followed the scent trail, and the panther was eventually treed and captured on the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Biologists performed a routine medical examination after the panther was tranquilized.

The captured panther weighed approximately 130 pounds and is estimated to be 4-5 years old. Biologists took several biological samples and administered a number of vaccines. The panther appears to be healthy.

The panther was outfitted with a combination radio and GPS collar, which will allow biologists to monitor its movements. It was released inside the refuge.

Collared and ready for release

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