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Officials: 9-month-old Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

The big cat was found on a rural road in Lee County.
Florida panther, stock image.

ESTERO, Fla. — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it’s the 16th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 19 total deaths this year. 

The remains of the 9-month-old male panther were found Wednesday in Lee County on a rural road west of the CREW Cypress Dome Trails.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire Southeast, but now their habitat mostly is confined to a small region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild. 

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