Ralph Arwood Photography


FP-181 was collared for the first time on February 28, 2010. He was born in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge on March 3, 2001. He had been handled as a kitten, K-93 on March 3, 2001 by the FWC team. His weight at that time was 3 lbs. 1 oz. He is the son of TX-106, one of the 8 female pumas brought from Texas in 1995. FP-60 is probably his father. His home range was in the Deep Lake Unit of Big Cypress and the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.

On February 28, 2010 he weighed 125 lbs. He was found to have multiple old injuries including muscle atrophy of the left suprascapular/infrascapular muscles. This was probably due to a fracture of left scapula with callus formation on the scapular spine 2 inches dorsal to scapulohumeral  joint.  This injury was thought to be due to past collision with a vehicle and not from intraspecific fighting.

He was also found to have multiple dental problems.

Fractured crown of the upper right third incisor, with pulp cavity exposed and necrotic.  Periosteol bone swelling at base of right upper canine tooth.  The upper and lower right canines are chipped.

The dorsal half of his right ear was missing.

Laceration of upper lip  

Old healed laceration of digit 3 caudal toe pad right front foot.                           

He inhabited Big Cypress until mid-July 2010 at which time he crossed SR-29 and was located a few times in Copeland and then in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. His collar emitted the mortality mode, although when approached he moved off. The next day a visitor reported a panther on Janes Scenic Drive that appeared to be limping. FP-181 then made a large movement to the western side of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. FWC monitored him until his collar failed on August 2, 2010.