Posted by: stiltsville | November 3, 2010

Biologists capture, collar male panther near recent calf depredations


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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