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Panther killed along I-75 in southwest Florida

Posted at 3:43 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 15:43:48-05

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a Florida panther was found dead on Interstate 75 in southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 2-year-old collared male was found Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle on I-75 near the Daniel's Parkway exit in Lee County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

So far, five Florida panthers have been found dead in 2016, with four road fatalities.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around 180 remain in the wild.

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