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Florida panther killed by another panther near Immokalee

Associated Press
The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 11:13 AM

IMMOKALEE — Wildlife officials say the remains of a Florida Panther have been recovered near Immokalee.

The Fort Myers News-Press (http://newspr.es/YEdGTb) reports the panther's body was found Saturday by a landowner in community just east of Immokalee.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say the panther was an uncollared 2- to 4-year-old male. They say puncture wounds in the panther's skull indicate he was killed by another panther. The carcass will go to the agency's research laboratory in Gainesville for a necropsy.

Officials say this is the third panther death in Florida this year. The other two were killed by vehicles.

The agency says a record 26 of the endangered cats died in 2012 — with 17 killed by vehicles.

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