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Record Number of Endangered Florida Panther Deaths in 2014



    Record Number of Endangered Florida Panther Deaths in 2014
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    WEST PALM BEACH, FL - APRIL 03: A 2-year-old Florida panther is released into the wild by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on April 3, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The panther and its sister had been raised at the White Oak Conservation Center since they were 5 months old. The FWC rescued the two panthers as kittens in September 2011 in northern Collier County after their mother was found dead. The panther is healthy and has grown to a size that should prepare him for life in the wild. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    A record number of endangered Florida panthers died in 2014.

    Most of the 30 that died were struck by vehicles in Collier and Hendry counties. Southwest Florida is home to most of the estimated 180 panthers prowling a sliver of their former range.

    There also were a record 32 panther attacks on pets and livestock in 2014.

    Wildlife officials tell The Miami Herald that both records show how complicated managing the rebounding panther population has become. Just a couple dozen panthers remained in the 1990s. Officials say the cats' growing numbers means they're more likely to encounter humans as they roam highways, ranches and developments as they hunt.

    Officials had hoped to move some panthers north of the Caloosahatchee River, but ranchers and hunters have objected to those plans.

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