COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A 1-to-2-year-old uncollared female Florida panther was hit by a vehicle around midnight last night on US 41, southeast of the entrance to Collier Seminole State Park.
The panther survived the collision and was brought to an emergency veterinary hospital to assess her condition. The grave nature of her injuries resulted in the decision to euthanize her.
The carcass is currently being stored at the Naples Field office until it can be transported to the FWC Wildlife Research Lab in Gainesville for a complete necropsy.
This is the 16th panther mortality and 11th road mortality for 2014.
Another car hit an alligator in that same spot, but we don't know what happened to the gator.
Both drivers were uninjured.