NAPLES, Fla. — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.
It’s the 20th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 22 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The remains of the 6-month-old female panther were found Monday along a rural road in Collier County, wildlife officials said.
Florida panthers once roamed the entire Southeast, but now their habitat mostly is confined to a small region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico.
Up to 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.
Panther mortality report as of 9/7:
|Data provided by FWC|
|Age||Sex||Cause of Death||County||Location|
|22||09/05/2022||6 months||F||Vehicle||Collier||Rattlesnake Hammock Rd|
|21||08/23/2022||2||M||Vehicle||Lee||Joel Blvd./Edwards Dr. Lehigh Aces|
|19||07/12/2022||8||F||Vehicle||Collier||Immokalee Rd, near Bethune Ave|
|18||07/09/2022||4||F||Vehicle||Collier||Immokalee Rd, 2km south of Wild Turkey Dr|
|17||05/23/2022||5 months||F||Unknown||Collier||Northeast Naples|
|16||05/20/2022||3 yrs||M||Vehicle||Collier||US41 5 miles SE of CR951|
|15||05/19/2022||2.5 months||F||Uknown||Collier||Southeast Naples|
|14||05/16/2022||2||M||Vehicle Collision||Lee||Goggin Rd, 760m south of SR80|
|13||05/14/2022||10 mo||F||Vehicle Collision||Lee||Treeline Ave|
|12||05/10/2022||2||F||Vehicle||Glades||US27 at Fisheating Creek|
|11||04/17/2022||2.5||M||Vehicle||Polk||Polk Pkwy 100m south of US92|
|10||04/11/2022||4||F||Vehicle||Glades||SR29, 3.5km north of SR78|
|9||03/27/2022||1.5||F||Vehicle||Hendry||CR833, 1.8km N of Seminole Reservation|
|8||02/28/2022||1.5||M||Vehicle||Collier||SR82, 1.2km east of Corkscrew Rd.|
|7||02/18/2022||1.5||F||Vehicle||Hendry||Flaghole Rd, 3.9km South of US27|
|6||02/08/2022||5||M||Vehicle||Hendry||CR832, 260m west of Collins Slough Rd.|
|4||01/28/2022||3||F||Vehicle||Collier||Carson Rd. Immokalee, FL|
|3||01/15/2022||2 mo||M||Vehicle||Collier||Golden Gate Blvd.|
|2||01/09/2022||3||M||Vehicle||Glades||US27, 2.6km SE of junction with SR29|
FWC statistics show [PDF] 21 panther deaths were recorded by this date in 2021; a total of 27 deaths were recorded in the entire year.
Of those 27, 21 involved vehicles; two deaths were of unknown causes, two by "intraspecific aggression" (attack or fighting with another animal), and two by starvation.
Since 2017, there have been between 22-30 panther deaths recorded in the state:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.