MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle, officials announced Saturday.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it’s the 17th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 20 total deaths this year.READ MORE: Unconfirmed Reports Of Shooting In Cutler Bay Prompts Large Police Response
The remains of the 2-year-old male panther were found Tuesday in Hendry County on a rural road east of LaBelle.
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.READ MORE: FDA Authorizes COVID-19 Booster Shots For Children Ages 5 To 11
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