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Endangered Florida panther dies after being hit by car

Posted: 2:34 PM, Mar 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-12 18:34:27Z

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) - An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.

It's the fourth fatal collision this year, out of six total panther deaths.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of a 2-year-old male panther were found Friday in Collier County, along County Road 846 several miles east of Immokalee.

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.

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