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 3-year-old female was found Thursday after being hit by a vehicle on a stretch of the Tamiami Trail that runs through Collier-Seminole State Park. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.
This is the 31st Florida panther killed this year, the 22nd 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.