NAPLES — A Florida panther was found dead Monday on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian reservation in Hendry County, the victim of a fight with another panther, state panther trackers reported.
The 5- to 6-year old panther did not have a kinked tail or a cowlick, indications of interbreeding that had threatened the diversity of the species' gene pool, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The carcass will be sent to Gainesville for a necropsy, and the remains will be deposited with the Florida Museum of Natural History, according to the Conservation Commission.
So far this year, 13 wild panthers have been killed, three of them by other panthers. Nine have been struck and killed by vehicles. Another was found shot in Hendry County.