Published: Oct 04, 2010 3:37 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 04, 2010 12:37 PM EDT

OCHOPEE, Fla. (AP) - A 3-year-old panther has died after being hit by a car in southwest Florida.

The body of the female panther was found Friday on Ochopee. It's the 15th panther to die this year.

The remains will be sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions Wildlife Research Lab in Gainesville for necropsy.