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Endangered Florida panther dies after being hit by car east of Immokalee

Posted at 8:08 AM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 08:09:37-04

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

It's the seventh fatal collision this year, out of nine total panther deaths. All of the deaths have happened in Collier or Hendry counties.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of a 1-year-old female panther were found Sunday in Collier County, east of Immokalee. It happened on County Road 846 about 2 miles west of County Line Road.

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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