AVE MARIA, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has been struck and killed by a vehicle.
It’s the eighth fatal collision this year, out of eight total panther deaths.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says that the remains of the 5-year-old female were collected Monday north of Ave Maria in Collier County.
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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