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Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

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Posted at 5:00 PM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 17:00:25-04

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it’s the 15th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 18 total deaths this year.

The remains of the 3-year-old male panther were found Friday in Collier County on a rural road 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.