Florida panther struck, killed by vehicle on Alligator Alley

An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle in Collier County.

It’s the sixth panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of nine total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 1-year-old male panther were found Sunday on Alligator Alley just a few miles east of the toll plaza, wildlife officials said.

On Friday, the remains of a male panther cub were found on private land near the Collier County landfill, officials said. The cause of death wasn’t known.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire Southeast, but now their habitat mostly is confined to a small region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.

Author: The Associated Press
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