MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Wildlife officials said the remains of a 1-year old Florida Panther on Saturday in Lee County.READ MORE: Be Prepared: Florida's Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday Begins Saturday
The carcass was found on I-75 about a one-half miles South of Exit 123, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.READ MORE: Condo Reform Measure Introduced During Florida Special Session On Property Insurance
Crews determined the panther died due to a vehicle collision, making it the ninth panther death in Florida and the seventh to die from a vehicle collision this year.
The carcass will be sent to the FWC Gainesville Research Lab for necropsy.MORE NEWS: Broward Dive Rescue Teams Come Together To Investigate, Recover Sunken Vehicles From Deerfield Beach Lake
Officials said the panther, identified by a transponder chip, was originally handled by crews at the Big Cypress National Preserve in September 2013 when he was 3-weeks old.