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$5,000 reward in killing of Florida panther

VERO BEACH

$5,000 reward in killing of rare panther

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot and killed a Florida panther.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the reward Monday.

Remains of the dead panther were found along a Seminole County road last month. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is already working with prosecutors to file charges for the illegal possession of a Florida panther, but no information about the suspects has been released.

Florida panthers are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Scientists believe there are only about 100 left in Florida. Anyone with information should call toll-free 1-888-404-3922.

PALMETTO

Hissing horror in bathroom: gator

A woman found an unwelcome weekend guest in her bathroom — a 7-foot alligator.

Alexis Dunbar says she screamed and the gator hissed when she found it inside her home Saturday. Her boyfriend used a small table to keep the gator inside until an officer from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission showed up to take him away. Dunbar believes the gator used a doggie door on the back porch to get inside the house.

Spring is mating season for alligators and wildlife officials urge people to be cautious, especially around water.

WEST PALM BEACH

Bus ends route, finds kindergartener

A kindergartener was left on a school bus for about two hours.

The Palm Beach County School District reports that the 5-year-old student was found on the bus at the school district bus compound Monday afternoon. He should have been dropped off at Benoist Farms Elementary two hours earlier.

The boy was not injured, but he was taken to a hospital as a precaution. A district spokesman said drivers are supposed to check their buses before they leave the compound.

Associated Press

$5,000 reward in killing of Florida panther 04/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:16am]

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