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Endangered Florida panther dies after being hit by car near LaBelle

Posted: 8:09 AM, Apr 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-02 12:39:55Z
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LABELLE, Fla. (AP) - An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.

It's the sixth fatal collision this year, out of eight total panther deaths.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of a 4-year-old male panther were found Saturday in Hendry County along State Road 80 near Murray Road. That's just west of LaBelle.

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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