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The joyous event back in January is marred by this female’s release location. The Picayune Strand is within spitting distance of the I-75 killing corridor that has claimed countless panthers. Here, too, was a wasted opportunity to put a potential breeder north of the Caloosahatchee River barrier, which a female has yet to cross. The panther’s only chance for long-range survival – recognized in the panther’s federal recovery plan – is to get them out of southwest Florida.


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