Ralph Arwood Photography


Florida Panther FP-133

FP-133 was first captured by the FWC team on November 18, 2004 in the Bear Island Unit of Big Cypress. They estimated that he was 4-5 years old.

We re-collared him on February 19, 2008 and again on February 11, 2009. On February 19, 2010, we fitted him with a Globalstar tracking collar that ceased functioning on October 5, 2010. He was recaptured on February 3, 2011 and fitted with a VHF collar.

Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi) FP-133 42 feet up a pine tree

FP-133 had multiple injuries over the years, including a tear in his right nostril and a healed fractured forarm.

His collar emitted the mortality signal on March 2, 2012 in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Based on the fact that only hide and bones remained, he likely died up to a week earlier and from a fight with FP183, another collared male panther in the area. His necropsy revealed that he had multiple healed injuries, including fractured ulnas, ribs, fibula, forepaw, vertebra, and punctures to the left orbit, likely caused by panther canines.