Published: Apr 04, 2014 1:55 PM EDT

HENDRY COUNTY, Fla.- FWC announced that a 3-to 5-year-old male panther was found dead yesterday, just south of the intersection of CR 833 and CR832.

The panther had been hit by a vehicle around 8:30 p.m.

The carcass is being transported to the FWC Wildlife Research Laboratory for necropsy.

This is the ninth panther mortality, and the fifth due to vehicle strike, for 2014.