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Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

October 10, 2018

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has been struck and killed by a vehicle.

It’s the 20th fatal collision this year, out of 22 total panther deaths.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of the 5-year-old male were collected Sunday on a county road north of Immokalee in Collier County.

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.