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Panthers on the loose following Sandy

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Yulee, FL (CNN) - Wildlife agents in Florida search for two panthers that got loose during Superstorm Sandy.

High winds during the storm knocked down their enclosure at Wild Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, Florida.

Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the juvenile panthers are wearing  radio collars.

"It is very scary, very scary," says Karen Higins, who lives near the search area.  "They're wild beasts, you know, that's their nature."

FWC agents say a tree blew over on Sunday, hitting the enclosure.  The panthers were able to get out through the damaged fence.

Reportedly, the cats have not traveled far from their pen.

Officials are working diligently to return the animals to their enclosure.

The cats were captured in Northern Collier County in September of 2011 when the panthers were only five months old.

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