Reward offered in shooting death of Florida panther

Big Cypress National Preserve, Fla. (AP) – A $15,200 reward is
being offered for information leading to an arrest in the shooting
death of an endangered Florida panther.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the dead panther was
found on April 21 near the Big Cypress National Preserve in
southwest Florida. The federal agency is investigating with the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The panther is believed to have been shot about a week earlier.
Among the most endangered species on the planet, the big cats once
roamed by the thousands throughout the southeastern U.S. There are
now just about 100 Florida panthers remaining in the world.

It is against state and federal law to harass or harm one.

Anyone with information is asked to call authorities at
(888)404-3922.

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