Ralph Arwood Photography
FP-136 was collared on January 13, 2005 in the Turner River Unit. She was in excellent condition, weighing 93 lbs. and was estimated to be 3 to 4 years of age.
During our workup, we noted that she had a prior injury to her left scapula and adjacent vertebrae, but that it appeared completely healed. She tested negative for feline leukemia. On March 4, 2005 we observed an un-collared panther lying in a prairie with FP-136. Later that day, we treed a male kitten, estimated at 8 months of age, but did not handle it due to its age and height in the tree.
Between May 25 and June 13, 2005 FP-136 confined her movements to a small area. We thought that denning was unlikely yet did not receive a mortality signal from her collar. We checked her location on the ground on June 14, 2005 and found her dead and lying in open prairie. She was severely emaciated, having lost half her weight since her capture 4 months earlier. It was determined at necropsy that she had died within 2 hours of retrieval, thus the mortality mode in the collar had not yet activated. She had recently sustained a lumbar vertebrae fracture and dislocation of the spinal column of the lower back. She also had bullet fragments beneath the skin and in the musculature on the right side of her chest and healed fractures in the bones of the left shoulder and back. Although chronic inflammation was present around the bullet fragments, the shooting likely occurred prior to her initial capture in January and had damaged the left scapula and vertebrae noted at that time.