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Panther crossing signs installed along Collier Boulevard September 04, 2008 8:54 PM

By Naples Daily News staff report 5:44 p.m., Wednesday, September 3, 2008 NAPLES — Panther crossing signs have been installed along Collier Boulevard between Marco Island and U.S. 41 East, a sign of the endangered cats' widening travel habits. The Florida Department of Transportation installed two southbound signs near Henderson Creek and two northbound signs near Isles of Capri Boulevard, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve announced this afternooon. Sighting and radio-collar tracking data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have shown an increase in panther use of the reserve's lands west of Collier Boulevard. In May, an uncollared female panther, estimated to be 2 to 3 years old, was killed after getting hit by a vehicle on Collier Boulevard between the Prime Outlets shopping center and the Silver Lakes Resort and Golf Club.

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 September 05, 2008 10:42 AM

Do they think this is going to stop  the idiots from hitting them.  Speed and ignorance is the factor here.  Among others...More needs to be put into place besides signs to stop our dear panthers from plummeting to extinction.  A start yes, but more needs to be done.  Thanks Ceci.

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 September 05, 2008 1:20 PM

Well Mare, I don't think it's going to stop a lot of speeders, but it will slow some down, and as opposed to doing nothing it's a positive start. I would hope that eventually they would set up Troopers to catch speeders, or traps as they are referred to, Collier could make a lot of money just ticketing these bums!

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Sign of the Times September 05, 2008 7:32 PM

I think the signs are great because if a Panther cant read then he or she can see the picture!!.But seriously I agree with Ceci its a little something.

Panthers obey Invisible borders

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 September 06, 2008 9:29 AM

I think the speed traps CeCi mentioned would greatly enhance the benefit of the signs.

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