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Endangered Florida panther dies after being hit by car along State Road 82

Posted: 7:25 AM, Mar 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-26 11:25:10Z
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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.

It's the fifth fatal collision this year, out of seven total panther deaths.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of a 7-month-old male panther were found Sunday in northern Collier County, along State Road 82 near Corkscrew Road, between Lehigh Acres and 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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