Monday, March 28, 2011

Three new Florida Panther deaths reported

The Florida Panther Project at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission sent an email this afternoon reporting 3 new panther deaths over the past 2 weeks, making a total of 11 so far in 2011.  The latest carcass was found on March 25 - an 11 year-old female panther killed by a motor vehicle.  Details were not released about the other 2 deaths which are listed as "under investigation." According to a state scientist I spoke with, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is withholding further information at this time. 


Below is the content of the email I received from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.  Take a close look at the chart at the end of the report which lists each dead panther found this year.


Frank Jackalone
Florida Staff Director
Sierra Club


This report, required by Section 2(d) of the Endangered Species Cooperative Agreement between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is to provide you details regarding the death and handling of a Florida panther. 
The remains of an 11 year 10 month old female panther, FP83, were collected on 25 March 2011 on US41, approximately 3.2km (2 mi) west of Port of the Islands in Collier County. The cause of death was trauma associated with a vehicle collision.  The carcass is currently at the FWC Naples Field Office and will eventually be transported to the Wildlife Research Lab in Gainesville for a complete necropsy.  The remains will be archived at the FL Museum of Natural History. This is the 11th panther mortality for 2011 and the 5th road mortality (UCFP157 is not included in the 2011 tally because of the estimated age of the recovered skeletal remains).
FP83 was initially marked in the den as a kitten in June 1999 in the Picayune Strand State Forest.  She was eventually radiocollared and monitored through July of 2006, when her GPS collar released as programmed. 

This information is being provided as required by Section 2(d) of the Endangered Species Cooperative Agreement between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  It is not intended as a News Release.  All information should be considered “pending” until all necropsy results and tests are finalized.

Click here for the chart of panther deaths:



Date
Panther ID
Sex
Age
Location
Cause
Type
Year
NAD83E
NAD83N
1/5/2011
FP141
M
8.5
Private property, Hendry County
Unknown
DEATH
2011
493576
2917771
1/7/2011
K284
M
1.5
SR29 south of Sears Rd., Hendry County
Vehicle
DEATH
2011
456583
2946741
1/13/2011
UCFP152
F
3
MM98 on I75 Eastbound, Collier County
Vehicle
DEATH
2011
436807
2892929
1/21/2011
UCFP153
M
8 months
MM98 on I75 Westbound, Collier County
Vehicle
DEATH
2011
436221
2892997
1/21/2011
UCFP154
M
8 months
Orange grove north of Sears Rd, Hendry County
ISA
DEATH
2011
464311
2949370
2/23/2011
UCFP155
Golden Gate Estates
Under Investigation
DEATH
2011
2/26/2011
UCFP156
M
3-4
I-75 near MM114, Collier County
Vehicle
DEATH
2011
425712
2910414
3/2/2011
FP170
F
4.5
Swan Lk Prairie, Picayune Strand SF, Collier County
Intraspecific Aggression
DEATH
2011
449388
2884684
3/15/2011
UCFP157
F
>3
Big Cypress National Preserve
Unknown (skeletal remains)
DEATH
2010
495693
2856305
3/17/2011
UCFP158
Under Investigation
3/25/2011
UCFP159
Under Investigation
3/25/2011
FP83
F
11yrs 10 mo.
US41 west of Port of the Islands
Vehicle
DEATH
2011
445757
2872465