30th Florida panther death discovered in Collier County

Posted at 2:01 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 14:01:48-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- The remains of a 9-10 year old male Florida panther were discovered on the side of the road Sunday.  Wildlife officers say its death was from a collision with a vehicle.

The cat identified as FP171 was found on State Road 29, approximately 2.7 miles north of Alligator Alley.

This is the 30th panther death of 2016 so far, and the 3rd this month.  The remains of a male panther were discovered on private property in Hendry County on August 5th.  That same day, the remains of a female panther were discovered on State Road 82 just east of Lehigh Acres.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, FP171 was outfitted with a collar in February 2009 near Deep Lake of Big Cypress National Preserve, until FWC activated its release in 2011 near the Bear Island section of the preserve.

If you see an injured or dead panther, you're asked to report it to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).