GPS shows panther using wildlife crossings to explore different preserves
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Two weeks after getting hit by a car, a Florida panther is healthy enough to be taken back to the wild, officials said.
Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Research Institute said that the panther that was hit in Central Collier County completed its rehab at the Naples Zoo.
The panther, named FP260, was fitted with a GPS collar and released back inside the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.
Since his release, the panther has pinged about 2,108 different locations and demonstrated how helpful highway underpasses are to wildlife.
The panther has used 12 different wildlife crossings to safely access the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve and Big Cypress National Preserve without ever setting a paw onto a paved road.
Wildlife crossings serve a dual purpose of preventing wildlife deaths and improving habitat fragmentation caused by major roadways.
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