FL Panther, Cubs Released Into Wild Months After Mother Was Hit By A Car


After spending months and months in captivity, a Florida panther and her two kittens have been released back into the wild.

Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released the panther family Tuesday on the Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County. It was the first time they've rescued, rehabilitated and released a family group of panthers.

FWC officials say the mother was rescued in December after she was struck by a vehicle near Naples. 

Veterinarians treated her for a broken hind leg and she was taken to White Oak Conservation Foundation for rehabilitation.

Biologists suspected her three kittens were in the area near where the mother was injured. They located two kittens and brought them to the rehab facility, where they eventually were reunited with their mother.


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