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Florida panther roaming urbanized part of SW Fla.

December 14, 2013
Associated Press

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife biologists are trying to capture an endangered Florida panther that has been roaming around an urbanized part of Golden Gate Estates in the southwest part of the state.

The Naples Daily News reports ( that residents in one neighborhood have been reporting panther sightings for the past month.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission panther team leader Darrell Land said it's likely that all of the sightings are of the same panther, probably a young male trying to carve out a home range.

Biologists have set out three trap boxes baited with venison to try to coax the cat into the box.

If the panther is caught, it will be taken to a conservation center for a health check.



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