In 2015 there have been a record number of Florida panthers killed on the roadways. Recently, a two and half year old female was killed by a vehicle collision near a designated Panther Zone on Corkscrew Road. This was the 27th road mortality in 2015. In response, Officers Polly and Thurkettle conducted speed enforcement patrols in the Panther Zone off of Corkscrew Road. Both officers documented numerous speed violations and took an educational approach to inform the citizens of the importance of obeying the posted speed in the Panther Zones.
While on water patrol, Officer White received a distress call about a pontoon capsizing off of Cape Romano, south of Marco Island. Upon arrival to the location, Officer White and units from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Marco Island Police Department and Marco Island Fire Rescue recovered three juveniles, two adults and four dogs from the sinking boat. The accident is still being investigated.
Public Information Officer Parrish, White, Duty Officer Supervisor Roberson and two Miami Regional Communications Center Dispatchers attended the Preventing Wildlife Conflict Workshop in Naples. During the event, FWC staff answered questions regarding bear and panther conflicts, the bear hunt and other game and fish related questions. About 100 people attended the event and there were bear hazing and deterrence presentations.
Officers Johnson and Miller were on water patrol near Marco Pass when they stopped a vessel to perform a boating safety and resource inspection. During the inspection, Officer Johnson found three red grouper, two of which were undersized. The vessel was in compliance for safety regulations and the operator received a citation for the two undersized red grouper.