Endangered Panther Struck, Killed By Vehicle

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Another endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the remains of the four to five year old uncollared male panther were found April 14th, on U.S. 27 just north of Lake Placid in Highlands County.

This is the 12th panther death this year, the 7th which died after being hit by a vehicle.

The remains have been taken to the FWC Wildlife Research Lab in Gainesville for a complete necropsy.

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

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