Big Cypress Preserve wildfire consumes panther den killing 4 kittens

Big Cypress Preserve wildfire consumes panther den killing 4 kittens

04 May 2011

published by www.news-press.com


USA — The wildfire burning at the Big Cypress National Preserve consumed the den a female panther on Monday, killing 4 panther kittens.

The remains of the kittens were discovered Tuesday. The kittens, a female and three males, were 5 weeks old and had been handled and marked by Big Cypress staff on April 15.

The mother had been in attendance at the den until 2:30 Monday when the fire reached the den.

She has returned to the den site and has been documented in the area. She will likely return to the site until the female-kitten bond has been broken.


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