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Once-captive panther adjusting to life in the wild

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Wildlife officials say a rare Florida panther seems to be doing well in the wild after being raised in captivity.

The male panther was rescued as a kitten with its sister in 2011 after their mother was found dead. The cats were raised with limited human interaction at a conservation center in northeast Florida.

The male was released April 3 in southwest Palm Beach County. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists have been tracking the animal's movements. They said Friday that the panther isn't having any trouble hunting so far. It killed a coyote within its first 24 hours of freedom and later hunted down an armadillo.

The female was released in southwest Florida in February. Both panthers are wearing collars to help researchers track them.

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