By CBSMiami.com Team

LAKELAND (CBSMiami/AP) — A two-year-old endangered Florida panther died after it was struck by a vehicle in central Florida.

The male panther’s remains were found Sunday near Lakeland.

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It’s the 11th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 11 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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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. Up to 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.

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CBSMiami.com Team