COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The FWC recovered skeletal remains of a young panther from the Picayune Strand State Forest on Friday, while the remains of a 4-to-5-year-old uncollared male panther were recovered today on US 27, just north of Lake Placid.
The 8-to-10-month-old panther was found by a hiker in the State forest, who then reported the find to FWC. There was no obvious trauma to the skull, but several of the bones showed some sign of being chewed upon, perhaps by scavengers, according to FWC. They believe the panther may have died within the past 2-3 months. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
The panther that was recovered today in Highlands County had been hit by a vehicle.
These are the 11th and 12th panther mortalities for 2014.