The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Humane Society of the United States are offering a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest, criminal conviction, civil penalty assessment and/or forfeiture of property of any person(s) responsible for the death of a Florida panther. The animal’s carcass was found February 23, 2011 in Collier County, FL in the Golden Gate Estates area.
Anyone with information about the killing of this Florida panther is urged to call the FWC’s toll-free Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-3922 or visit myfwc.com/wildlifealert. Reporters can remain anonymous. Florida panthers are protected under federal law by the Endangered Species Act. They are also protected under State of Florida law. It is illegal to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture or collect them.