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Young panther found dead along Hendry County road

Posted at 12:18 PM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 12:18:11-05

HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. -- A 9-month-old male Florida panther was found dead due to a vehicle collision in eastern Hendry County this weekend.

This is the 38th panther death of the year.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, the panther was found Sunday about halfway between Immokalee and LaBelle, along Keri Road (CR 832), about 2 miles off State Road 29.

30 panther deaths have been attributed to vehicle collisions so far this year.

You can report injured or dead panthers to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). 

In 2015, 42 panthers deaths were reported, with 30 coming from vehicles.  That was the deadliest year on record for the endangered animal.