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Panther Killed In SW Florida

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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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FORT MYERS (CBSMiami/AP) – A young Florida panther, officials say, was found dead Wednesday.

The uncollared female, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, found along Corkscrew Road in Lee County, near the Collier County line, was killed by a vehicle.

This is the 17th Florida panther death of 2014 and the 12th hit by a vehicle.

The remains of the one-year-old female panther will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

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

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