MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Wildlife officials were forced to euthanize an endangered Florida panther after they noticed its deteriorating health.
It’s the 20th panther death this year.READ MORE: FBI: Body Found Near Search Area For Missing Florida Woman Gabby Petito Consistent With Her Description
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says trail cameras documented the 2-year-old, radio-collared female suffering from a condition detected in some Florida panthers and bobcats. The panther was captured and examined by wildlife veterinarians, who decided to humanely euthanize the cat.READ MORE: Massive Search Underway For Brian Laundrie, Fiancé Of Missing Florida Woman Gabby Petito
Florida panthers once roamed the entire Southeast, but now their habitat mostly is confined to a small region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.MORE NEWS: MDPD Seeking Driver Who Hit, Killed Man Riding Mini Scooter In Florida City
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