MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A 14-month-old Florida panther was found dead Friday–bringing the number of endangered panther deaths for the year up to 15.

The remains of the uncollared male panther were recovered on Oil Well Road in Collier County.

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The cause of death, according to Florida Wildlife Commission, was a collision with a vehicle.

The carcass is currently being stored at the Naples Field office until it can be transported to the FWC Wildlife Research Lab in Gainesville for a complete necropsy.

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Out of the 15 panther deaths this year, this is the 10th panther to die from being hit by a car.

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


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