Endangered Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle, officials say

NAPLES, Fla. — (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.

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It’s the 20th panther death attributed to fatal collisions out of 22 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


The remains of the 6-month-old female panther were found Monday along a rural road in Collier County, wildlife officials said.

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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.

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There are only around 230 Florida panthers remaining in the wild.

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