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Florida panther deaths reach record high in 2012

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Florida panther. Photo courtesy Mark Lotz, Florida Fish and Wildlife via the Creative Commons.

Conservation advocates call for new introductions in northern Florida and Georgia

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Wildlife conservation advocates say the record number of Florida panther deaths due to collisions with vehicles highlights the need to protect more habitat in Southern Florida.

Two more panthers were killed this past week, bringing the total for the year up to 26, or one every other week, on average. Continue reading

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Not a good week for Florida panthers

Florida panther. Photo courtesy Mark Lotz, Florida Fish and Wildlife via the Creative Commons.

Three endangered cats killed by cars within seven days

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Last week was not a good one for Florida panthers, as three of the endangered cats were killed by vehicles on southern Florida roads. Total documented panther deaths for the year now stand at 19, getting close to the record 24 mortalities tallied in 2011.

One was a mature (2.5 year-old) radio-collared female; another was a juvenile (three-month old) un-collared female and the third was a one-year-old un-collared male. Continue reading

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