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3 panther deaths under investigation

March 28, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

GOLDEN GATE ESTATES (AP) - Wildlife officials are releasing few details on the investigations into the deaths of three endangered Florida panthers.

The first panther was found Feb. 23 in Golden Gate Estates in Southwest Florida.

A list of panther mortalities released Monday show dead panthers were also found March 17 and March 25. The list also shows that a panther found Friday had been killed by a car.

Information on where the other panthers were found or how they died has not been released.

It's a third degree felony to kill or wound an endangered species in Florida. The maximum penalty is five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.



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