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$15,000 reward in Fla panther death

by Dara Kam | June 9th, 2009

State and federal officials are joining with private organizations to offer a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a Florida panther killer.

The panther was shot and killed in Hendry County near the Big Cypress National Preserve. Its body was found on April 21.
Anyone with information about the killing of the Florida panther can call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (239) 561-8144, or can anonymously call the state’s Fish and Wildlife Commission’s toll-free hotline at (888) 404-3922.

There are only about 100 Florida panthers, protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, left. It’s illegal to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture or collect them.


22 Responses to “$15,000 reward in Fla panther death”

  1. Todd Says:

    This is an outrage.
    Why would anyone kill these majestic creatures?
    The person should be put to death.

  2. Steve Maduri Says:

    This is a sad day, where can i contribute to make this reward more lucrative? Lets use some of Jeffery Epstein’s billions or incarcerated county commissioners stolen funds to find this person.

  3. Linda Says:

    Just another result from humans.

  4. Bob Says:

    “It’s illegal illegal…” sounds a bit redundant, don’t you think? We get the point!

  5. Personal Accountability Says:

    The person or persons who did it should ideally come forward themselves. I’m sure there’ll be claims of self defense or mistaken identity or something, but it needs to be made clear that this is not acceptable behavior.

  6. get real Says:

    Before we condemn the “killer” should we not afford them a fair trial? Maybe the panther attacked the “killer” and it was self defense. What is shameful is 15k for a panther yet $0.00 for humans killed in our cities each day with no outrage.

  7. mrsmitch Says:

    what a shame, these beautiful animals are truly a florida treasure!

  8. Brooke Says:

    This is absolutely disheartening to see. If this was self defense, why would a person be carrying a gun in a park in the first place? I’m sure the person knew what they were doing, just like that guy who shot those two horses in cold blood two years ago. Unfortunately our justice system is so weak they will probably get 3 years.

  9. jreyes Says:

    Panther population approx 70 at last count. USA Population est 304 million. Please go re-think your lack of care for an endangered species.

  10. Craig Says:

    This is SO disturbing – Where can I make a donation to help to protect the FL panther?

  11. kev Says:

    thats a smaller population of species than the bald eagle. this person should hang

  12. Some beach Says:

    Illegal had to be repeated twice since it means nothing anymore, especially when applied to people crossing our borders.

  13. jim bob Says:

    They shouod have at least ate it..

  14. Chief Jim Says:

    Probably a Injun

  15. Blake Says:

    So say it was self defense when the shooter left the anmial in the woods his or her fair trial is null and viod. Why dont you get real get real? I would personally like to up the ante for the reward.

  16. slash11 Says:

    it’s just an animal for god’s sake.. If a stupid panther attacks me I m killing the bastard

  17. bigbad Says:

    The trouble here is all you tree huggers come out of the woodwork over an animal. Yes I agree that this person should be punished. But why don’t you all react like this when a human is killed in cold blood. Why not? Because humans are not on an indangered spieces list. Get real. Tree huggers are crazy hang him before you know what happened for real.

  18. justice Says:

    This sounds like a dumb redneck. thats 90% population in Hendry county.

  19. david Says:

    The dweeb that did this should be – after being found guilty by a jury of his/her peers – tied up naked in the spot where the panther body was found and let the mosquitos and panthers have their way with the dweeb.

    buy a panther license plate

  20. Sam Says:

    Big deal. I bagged three cougars last night.

  21. ralph Says:

    This is a despicable criminal act and an act against nature, utltimately the roots of our origins. We are the now the only stewards of the natural world and must never despoil it. The perpetrator MUST be caught, tried for a penalty with a possible state and federal prison sentence of significant length, and forbidden for life to have a firearm.

  22. Terry Says:

    Amazing – Everyday, humans are killed in violent crime; babies are aborted and killed in clinics across the nation; people suffer hunger and death throughout the world – and yet there is this much outpouring of compassion for an animal. I am not in favor of killing our animals or damage to any part of our environment – but I have to say the priorities of the folks responding to this article are a wee bit skewed.

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