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Panther killed in southwest Florida

Posted at 9:35 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 21:35:41-04

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida panther has been found dead from an apparent vehicle strike in southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 1-year-old cat's body was found Friday on Alligator Alley in Collier County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

A total of 12 Florida panthers have been found dead in 2016, with 10 road fatalities.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around 180 remain in the wild.