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FP-175 was collared for the first time on February 7, 2010 at 2.5 years of age. She is the daughter of FP-150. We handled her as kitten K-254 at her den on July 20, 2007.

K-254 weighing 2 pounds 11 ounces on July 20, 2007

She Weight 84 lbs. when she was collared.

FP-175 and Dennis Giardina

FP-175 lowered in to capture net.

FP-175 recovering from her sedation.

Her home range was in the northwestern Turner River Unit and the Bear Island Unit. Since she has inhabited the Bear Island Unit almost exclusively, FWC took over monitoring her in May 2010. her.

FP-175 home range.

She denned in July of 2010 and we marked 2 female kittens on August 2, 2010.  

K-310 and K-311 at 18 days of age.

These kitten did not survive and she denned again in January 2011. On January 27, 2011 we marked two kittens at 21 days of age.  K-219, a 4 lbs. 6 oz. male and K-320 a 3 lbs. 12 oz. female.

K-319 and K-320 in their den.

FP-175 with her kittens

FP-175’s collar began failing based on an erratic signal on December 3, 2011 and failed completely by Dec. 9, 2011. Although FP-175 was in the FWC study area, she was not one of their goals for re-collaring so the Big Cypress team hunted for her for 5 days.  FP-175’s location was detected by the ongoing trail camera study conducted by Roy McBride and Rebecca Sensor in the Addition lands. Their data enabled the Big Cypress team to know when and where to hunt for her. She was treed and re-collared on March 3, 2012.  The hounds also treed her yearling male, (14 months), however, he was not handled.  She weighed 78 lbs.

03-03-2012 FP-175 photographed by Dennis Giardina.

On January 24, 2014 FP-175’s collar went into mortality mode.  After the FWC team recovered her body the necropsy revealed that she died from a uterine rupture. One fetus was free in the abdomen, one was found outside the body (aborted). The cause of the uterine rupture could not be determined.

FP-175 courtesy Dave Onorato and FWC.