Published: Jan 13, 2011 8:20 PM EST
Updated: Jan 13, 2011 4:00 PM EST

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - A Florida panther was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer along Interstate 75 in Collier County.

Authorities say the accident happened Wednesday in the eastbound lanes near mile marker 98.

 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says this is the third panther death of 2011. The other two deaths occurred in Hendry County.

The remains are being held in Naples until it can be transported to the wildlife agency's research lab in Gainesville.

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