On December 23, 2009 UCFP134 became the 15th panther killed in 2009 by a motor vehicle. He was first photographed at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on January 10, 2009. It is often difficult to identify a specific panther on trail-camera photographs, but because of an unusual white color at the tip of his tail, it has been possible to distinguish him from other panthers caught on camera. Panther tails most commonly display black or dark coloring at the tip. Those first images of UCFP134 revealed dried blood and a tear in his ear - evidence of recent fighting, likely with FP-159. Before the arrival of UCFP134 in the area, FP159 enjoyed dominate-male status.

UCFP134 very quickly took over and was soon photographed with Cori, one of the local females on January 28, 2009.

In March of 2009 FP-159 left Corkscrew, shifting his territory to the west and UCFP-134 took over as the dominate male. UCFP134’s territory also extended north and east to the Pepper Ranch where he was picked up by professional panther-tracker Roy McBride’s trail cameras. All of this area had also been the previous territory of FP159.

On November 11, 2009 Cori was photographed with two kittens.

Just after midnight on the morning of December 22, 2009 the trail camera snapped a final photo of UCFP134 as he passed through Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on his way north. The next morning he died on Corkscrew Road. A local orange grove worker who was commuting to work found him. Debris at the site indicated that the impact caused significant damage to someone’s white vehicle. UCFP134 weighed 148 pounds and was estimated to be three to four-years old.

© Ralph Arwood 2019