FWC Florida Panther Release, Via Creative Commons.
FWC Florida Panther Release, Via Creative Commons.

Sanibel: FWC’s Florida Panther Program

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Florida Panther Returned To The Wild!

As reported by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.

“A 2-year-old male panther was crossing the road in April when he was hit by a car in Polk County. The driver quickly called to alert authorities of the accident.

Florida Panther Sightings, Sanibel, Graphic Credit FWC, Via Creative Commons.

Florida Panther Sightings, Sanibel, Graphic Credit FWC, Via Creative Commons.

Responders found the injured panther in nearby woods, where he had crawled under a fallen tree. After several surgeries, the panther was transferred to White Oak, a conservation Center in Yulee, for rehabilitation. Now recovered, the rehabilitated Florida panther was released back to the wild at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in Okeechobee County.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the rescue and rehabilitation possible: Polk County Sheriff’s Office and FWC biologists, law enforcement officers and veterinarians, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, White Oak and the quick action of the driver. And many thanks to our friends with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the staff and volunteers at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park.”

Photos, video & graphic courtesy of FWC, via Creative Commons.


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