2 panther deaths in Collier County
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reporting the discovery of two panther deaths in Collier County on Monday.
The remains of a three-year-old uncollared male panther was found on SR 29 three miles north of Oil Well Road on Monday morning.
Then Monday night the remains of a four to five-year-old uncollared male panther was found along U.S. 41 at Manatee Road.
FWC is asking motorists to slow down when driving along rural highways, especially where panther crossings are identified.
The major human-related cause of panther deaths is vehicles striking these large cats.
FWC biologists attribute 15 of the 23 documented panther deaths in 2012 to collisions with vehicles. Three of these vehicle-related panther deaths occurred in the past two weeks.
In 2011, nine of 24 documented deaths of Florida panthers were attributed to vehicle collisions.