NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – Officials say a Florida panther was killed by a vehicle on a southwest Florida road.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 4-month-old uncollared male was found Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle on County Road 858 in Collier County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.
This is the 28th Florida panther killed this year, the 19th by a vehicle strike.
Florida set a record last year with 25 road kills and 33 overall deaths.
Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around 180 remain in the wild.