COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The remains of an approximately 9-month-old uncollared Florida panther kitten were recovered yesterday in the northeastern portion of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Collier County.
The panther died due to intraspecific aggression. The carcass was heavily scavenged and the sex of the kitten could not be immediately determined in the field.
The carcass is currently stored at the FWC Naples Field Office and will eventually be transported to the FWC Wildlife Research Lab in Gainesville for a complete necropsy. The remains will be archived in the Florida Museum of Natural History.
This is the 20th panther mortality for 2013.