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Third Endangered Florida Panther Death Of 2014 Reported

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A 2-year-old Florida panther is released into the wild by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on April 3, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida.  The panther and its sister had been raised at the White Oak Conservation Center since they were 5 months old. The FWC rescued the two panthers as kittens in September 2011 in northern Collier County after their mother was found dead. The panther is healthy and has grown to a size that should prepare him for life in the wild.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A 2-year-old Florida panther is released into the wild by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on April 3, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The panther and its sister had been raised at the White Oak Conservation Center since they were 5 months old. The FWC rescued the two panthers as kittens in September 2011 in northern Collier County after their mother was found dead. The panther is healthy and has grown to a size that should prepare him for life in the wild. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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NAPLES (CBSMiami/AP) – A young panther was found dead, apparently struck and killed by a vehicle, in rural Collier County. This is the third panther death of 2014.

The 1 ½ year-old male endangered panther was found dead Wednesday, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

This is the third panther death of the year, and the second panther death involving a vehicle.

A necropsy is planned at FWC’s laboratory in Gainesville.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around 160 remain in the wild.

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