NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida panther found near the beach in Naples has been relocated to a more suitable habitat.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says biologists and law enforcement officers captured and relocated the endangered panther on Monday near the beach at Clam Pass Park in Collier County. It had been spotted in the mangroves by beachgoers who were walking over a boardwalk that leads to the beach.
Authorities darted the animal with a tranquilizer, checked its health and determined it was in good condition. The male panther was about two years old and weight over 100 pounds.
Biologists will be able to monitor the panther this time by using a radio collar.
The panther was released in the Bird Rookery Swamp area of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed.