- Associated Press - Monday, April 29, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials and a motorist helped guide a Florida panther that was stuck on the wrong side of a highway fence back through an open gate to a wildlife refuge.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say the female panther was stuck on the wrong side of the fence last month near Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.

Spokeswoman Carli Segelson says it’s uncommon for panthers to get stuck on the other side. The roughly 50-mile fence is designed to separate panthers from traffic and guide them to wildlife crossings beneath the highway. But the News-Press reports the fence sustained damage after Hurricane Irma and is undergoing repairs.

She said officials later found an opening in the fence that the panther may have sneaked through. A video shows a biologist, a wildlife officer and a motorist slowly guiding it to an open gate.

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Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com

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