Ralph Arwood Photography
On February 27, 2009, we collared male FP-171 in the Deep Lake Unit and estimated his age at 2 to 3 years.
FP-171 first treed too high in a pine tree for a safe capture.
After his nap, FP-171 came down and was re-treed in a cypress tree. The new tree was a safer location.
Unfortunately when he was darted, he went higher up the tree.
After he settled down near the top of the tree. It became clear that the dart had not put him fully to sleep.
After a second dart he fell safely into the net and crash bag.
Soon after his capture FP-171 crossed I-75 into the Bear Island Unit and has inhabited the Bear Island Unit of Big Cypress and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Because this panther was not slated for re-collaring by FWC, we re-collared him on February 8, 2010 to retrieve the GPS collar and attach a Televilt Tellus collar with which FWC could potentially obtain intensified information on him during the deer hunting season.
Since going north of I-75, FP-171 has been monitored by FWC.
Depiction of the 100% minimum convex polygon home ranges for adult male Florida panthers monitored by FWC from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011.
August 14, 2016
The remains of FP171, a 9-10 year old uncollared male Florida panther, were recovered on 14 August 2016 on State Road 29 in Collier County, Florida (465441E, 2897227N). Cause of death was collision with a vehicle. FP171 was originally collared in the Deep Lake Unit of Big Cypress National Preserve (BCNP) in February of 2009 by BCNP staff. FWC activated the release of his GPS collar in the Bear Island Unit of BCNP in the summer of 2011. The carcass of FP171 was identified upon collection via the tattoo in his ear and the subdermal PIT tag.