NAPLES (CBSMiami/AP) – For the ninth time this year, a Florida panther has died after being hit by a vehicle.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the 3-year-old or 4-year-old female panther was found dead early Sunday at the Collier-Hendry county line.

The animal has been transported to the wildlife commission’s Naples office. A necropsy will be performed at the agency’s wildlife research lab in Gainesville, and the remains will be archived at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

It’s the 24th panther death this year.

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