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Endangered Florida panther dies after being hit by car near Lehigh Acres

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Posted at 7:31 AM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 07:32:48-04

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

It's the ninth fatal collision this year, out of 11 total panther deaths.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of a 1-year-old male panther were found Tuesday in Lee County near Wild Turkey Strand Preserve. That's off State Road 82 near Old State Road 82 in Lehigh Acres.

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.