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Panther hit and killed by car in Collier Co.

Posted at 8:48 AM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 08:48:27-04

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Another endangered Florida panther has been struck and killed by a vehicle.

It's the 15th fatal collision this year, out of 17 total panther deaths.  

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says that the remains of the 2-year-old male were collected Monday near a rural road in Collier County.

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.