So far, panther deaths lower for the year than in 2016 | Fort Myers Florida Weekly
The first panther found north of the Caloosahatchee in over four decades. COURTESY IMAGEOn Nov. 13, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported the 26th Florida panther death of 2017. The number is relatively low compared to previous years, according to FWC official Carol Knox. "Last year was a pretty high year for mortalities," Ms. Knox said of 2016 numbers. FWC recorded 42 panther deaths last year, with 34 of them being road kills. Of the 26 panther deaths this year, 21 have occurred via road collisions. By mid- November last year, there had been 37 deaths, with all but five via road kill. Ms. Knox agreed that this year's numbers are relatively low compared to 2016, but was reluctant to say there's a pattern forming. "For now, it's looking like a better year with respect to mortalities, but people always want to know if that means things are better or worse? It's so hard to reach a conclusion with just one year of data," she said. FWC typically takes a long-term
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