Panther found dead in Golden Gate Estates

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The Florida panther via a file photo from the U.S. Geological Survey/ photo by Larry Richardson.
FILE: The Florida panther via a file photo from the U.S. Geological Survey/ photo by Larry Richardson/FILE.

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) A necropsy is planned to determine how a panther died.

The cat’s body was found Sunday in Golden Gate Estates, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

The animal’s age, sex and cause of death weren’t immediately known. The remains will be taken to a center in Gainesville for the necropsy.

A total of 14 Florida panthers have been found dead in 2017, with 10 road fatalities.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern United States, but only about 230 remain in the wild.

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