ESTERO (CBSMiami/AP) — A nine-month-old endangered Florida panther was struck and killed by a vehicle on the state’s west coast.
It’s the 16th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 19 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.READ MORE: Florida Fires Back In Challenge To 'Passport Ban'
The remains of the panther were found Wednesday in Lee County on a rural road west of the CREW Cypress Dome Trails, wildlife officials said.READ MORE: Activists Say Hundreds Of Cuban Protesters Have Been Arrested Since Anti-Regime Demonstrations Broke Out
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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. There are approximately 120-230 adult panthers in the population.MORE NEWS: Broward County School Board Votes Unanimously To Make Mask Use Mandatory For Start Of School Year
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