Florida panther kitten struck and killed by vehicle
CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther kitten has been struck and killed by a vehicle, a week after two other kittens were found dead in the same area.
It’s the 23rd fatal collision this year, out of 25 total panther deaths.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of the 4-month-old male were collected Tuesday just south of Dinner Island Ranch Wildlife Management Area in Hendry County. Another male kitten and a female kitten around the same age were found dead from apparent vehicle strikes just east of the wildlife management area last week.
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.