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Florida panther dubbed 'Beach Boy'
for trip across intracoastal waterway to island

Updated: January 19, 2007, 5:59 PM ET
By Jeremy Cox | Scripps Howard News Service — Jan. 19, 2007

NAPLES, Fla. — A bikini-clad woman walks a Florida panther on a leash down Naples beach, in a promotional photograph taken in the 1960s.

Four decades later, a panther appears to be trying to replicate that scene, sans woman and leash.

The young male cat has pawed and sloshed its way onto Keewaydin Island, a skinny, nine-mile-long barrier island between Naples and Marco Island.

It is the first time a panther has made its way to the beach since state biologists began ...

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