Published: Aug 04, 2010 3:28 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 04, 2010 12:28 PM EDT

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a female panther hit by a car in southwest Florida is expected to survive, but three midterm kittens she carried have died.

A motorist spotted the injured panther on State Road 29 near Immokalee on Tuesday.

Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, biologists and veterinarians responded to the scene and transported the panther to the Golden Gate Animal Clinic.

The panther was later taken to the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine.

The FWC reports that 14 panthers have been killed on Florida roads so far this year.

The panther will be taken to a private facility to recover and then released back into the wild.