Wildlife officials to release panther back into wild
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission plan to release an endangered female panther back into the wild Wednesday.
The commission says the young panther was struck by a car. It was rescued in May as a kitten.
Wildlife officials say after surgery and rehabilitation time at White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, the panther has made a full recovery.
The commission says the panther came in with a broken leg, rib fractures and bruising around its lungs.
The panther will be released in southeastern Hendry County.
The panther is an endangered species with about 160 in Southern Florida.
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