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$5,000 reward offered for information about killed, partially mutilated Florida panther

A forensic examination of the panther carcass and other evidence indicated that the panther was intentionally killed and partially mutilated a day earlier.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Editors Note: The image above is a generic image of a Florida panther, not the big cat the FWC is seeking a reward for.

Wildlife officials are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information about the intentional killing of an endangered Florida panther. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the reward Thursday. 

A female panther was found dead east of Immokalee in Collier County on March 8. A forensic examination of the panther carcass and other evidence indicated that the panther was intentionally killed and partially mutilated a day earlier. 

Florida panthers are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Intentionally killing a Florida panther is punishable by up to one year in federal prison and a fine of up to $100,000. 

According to the FWC, 14 panthers have died across the state in 2020. Of those, a majority were killed by vehicle strikes. 

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