Panther found dead in southwest Florida

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LABELLE, Fla. — 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 3-year-old female cat’s body was found Monday near a rural road in Hendry County. The remains will be taken to a center in Gainesville for a necropsy.

A total of 13 Florida panthers have been found dead in 2017, with 10 road fatalities.


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

 

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