Endangered Florida Panther Killed Near Naples

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(Source: AP) A wild Florida panther wearing a radio tracking collar.

(Source: AP) A wild Florida panther wearing a radio tracking collar.

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BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE (CBSMiami/AP) – Another one of Florida’s most endangered cats, the Florida panther, was struck and killed by a car near Naples.

The cat’s carcass, believed to be about 16-months old, was found on a stretch of U.S. 41 in Big Cypress National Preserve.

With fewer than 200 Florida panthers believed to be left in the wild, the animal is considered endangered.

Eleven panthers are known to have been killed by cars this year and 14 are known to have died overall.

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