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Young Florida panther found dead on southwest Florida road

Posted at 1:36 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 13:36:27-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials say they've found the remains of a 6-month old male Florida panther along a road in southwest Florida.

In a news release sent Monday the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the panther was killed by a vehicle on Friday. Its remains were found along Daniels Parkway off State Road 82.

The remains were taken to Gainesville for a necropsy.

So far this year 35 Florida panthers have been found dead. The agency says 27 deaths were road fatalities.

Officials say only about 180 Florida panthers remain in the wild.

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