CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) — Florida Panther deaths in the state reached a record total of 41 for 2015.READ MORE: With Topic To Be Discussed At Special Meeting, Broward School Board Chair Says She’ll Vote Again In Favor Of Mandatory Masks
Thirty of those were killed by vehicles.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that a 7-month-old female panther was found dead Wednesday on a rural Hendry County road.READ MORE: ‘This Is About Freedom’: Republican Leaders Gather At Versailles For Another Cuba Rally
FWC biologists estimate there are 100 to 180 Florida Panthers left in the wild. Experts say increased deaths can be attributed to more people in the state.
Over the last year, much has been made of the state’s panther count and whether it’s entirely accurate.
Ranchers argue the number is likely higher, based on the number of livestock attacked. This year they reported 32 attacks, down from a record 39 last year.MORE NEWS: ‘2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back’: South Florida Businesses Feeling Effects Of COVID Resurgence
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