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20th panther death of year in Collier County

Posted at 7:46 AM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 07:46:55-04

COLLIER COUNTY-- Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) says another panther has been found dead, this time in Collier County.

FWC says the panther died after getting into a fight with another panther.

The found the body at the CREW Marsh Hiking Trails.

Officers say the panther was about 2 years old.

It's the 20th panther death this year.

Only about 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.

The death comes as the Florida panther could come off the endangered species list.

But wildlife officials say a federal review will not jeopardize protections for the big cats.

The panther is one of over a dozen animals whose status is being reviewed.

The review aims to gather the best available data on panther biology, habitat and conservation plans, and survival threats.

But any change to the panther's status, would require separate action from the wildlife service.