A Florida panther found dead on U.S. 41 East in Miami-Dade County brings this year's panther collisions to 14, well over the record 11 set last year.
This is the third road fatality reported this week. Two panthers died late Friday or early Saturday on Southwest Florida roads after run-ins with vehicles. Five of this year’s 14 roadkills occurred this month.
The most recent death occurred on U.S. 41, about one mile east of Krome Avenue, said Mark Lotz, panther biologist for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's Naples Field Office.
The 120-pound, male panther was recovered Wednesday morning by FWC wildlife officers. Estimated to be 4 years old, the panther was not wearing a radio collar, nor did it have a transponder chip, Lotz said.
The initial report came into FWC dispatch Tuesday evening, but officers were unable to locate the panther until Wednesday. The carcass, being kept in the freezer at the FWC's Naples office, will be transported later for a necropsy. The remains will be archived at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Lotz said.