Florida panther deaths reach 9 after female panther found in Collier County

NAPLES, Fla. - The remains of an endangered Florida panther have been found in southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 10-year-old-old female was found Sunday in Collier County.

The cause of death was a vehicle strike.

It's the ninth panther death of the year, the sixth from a vehicle.

The dead panther will be taken to the FWC's Wildlife Research Lab in Gainesville for a necropsy.

The Florida panther once ranged across the southeastern United States, but it is now found primarily in southern Florida.

The wildlife conservation commission estimates that between 100 and 160 adult panthers remain in the wild, south of the Caloosahatchee River and Lake Okeechobee.
 

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