A female Florida panther with a cub. Wildlife officials say they've found one dead from a vehicle strike in Southwest Florida. (Photo courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
Florida Panther Killed In Road Strike; 35 Found Dead This Year
By Associated Press
FORT MYERS — 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.
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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