Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

May 14, 2020 GMT

LABELLE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.

It’s the 12th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 13 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The remains of the 7-year-old male panther were found Monday in Hendry County on a rural road east of LaBelle, wildlife officials said.

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.