A Florida panther has been found shot near Orlando, and a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever did it.
The dead panther was found March 12 on Old Mims Road near the town of Geneva in Seminole County. Although this is far from the species’ strongholds south and west of Lake Okeechobee, young male panthers have been known to range into Central Florida in search of territory not dominated by another male.
The reward fund has been put up by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Humane Society of the United States.
Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-404-3922.
If convicted, the person who shot the panther would face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
Ken Warren, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the agency announced the death because it needs help finding out who killed the panther.
"We're going public because we need as many leads as possible that could help us solve the case," he said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun