Parkland residents spotted what they believed was an endangered Florida panther in January. Responding wildlife officers subdued it with a tranquilizer. Although Parkland is near the eastern edge of Florida panther habitat, state wildlife investigators doubted the animal was one of the native felines. They say the large cat is actually a captive-bred cougar.
Officials say the cougar was underweight when captured, but has since made a full recovery. It's now being housed in a licensed facility. Spong's manager declined to comment.
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