Published: Jul 12, 2011 5:45 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 12, 2011 4:46 PM EDT

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) - The dead panther has been found near a southwest Florida road after apparently being hit by a vehicle.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 1-year-old male was found Monday, about 5 miles south of Immokalee in Collier County.

A necropsy will be performed in Gainesville.

So far this year, 19 panthers have been found dead, including four kittens killed in a wildfire in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Seven of the big cats were killed in collisions with vehicles, and four died in fights with other panthers. Three panther deaths are under investigation.

The Florida panther is an endangered species. Scientists say roughly 160 remain in the wild.

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