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5 endangered Florida panthers killed by cars in January

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Posted at 1:09 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 13:09:09-05

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.

Wildlife officials say it's the fifth panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of six total deaths this year.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of the 1-year-old male panther were found Monday in Collier County on a rural road northwest of Immokalee.

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.