Published: Oct 02, 2010 7:58 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 02, 2010 5:06 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is reporting the death of a Florida panther in Collier County.

FWC says the remains of a 3 year old female panther was found Friday on U.S. 41 near Monroe Station.  Officer say it appears the panther was hit by a vehicle.  The remains will be sent to a research lab in Gainesville for a necropy, then archived at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

FWC says this is the 15th panther death in Florida in 2010.  Twelve of those deaths have been the result of a vehicle collision.