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VIDEO: Trapped Florida panther rescued in Collier County

Posted at 11:38 AM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 11:43:05-04

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Cameras were rolling as two wildlife experts and a helpful driver came to the aid of an endangered Florida panther.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the animal was trapped on the wrong side of a highway fence on March 28 in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Collier County.

FWC said a wildlife officer, biologist, and helpful motorist worked slowly to encourage the wild cat to safety, and eventually helped it return to the correct side of the fence.

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If you see an injured or dead panther on Florida roads, please call FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC, or text or email