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Florida panther killed by vehicle; 25th death this year

By Associated Press
FILE - A Florida Fish and Wildlife trail camera catches a nursing female panther in January 2017.

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) ó An endangered Florida panther was struck and killed by a vehicle.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the male pantherís remains were found Tuesday in Collier County on Immokalee Road. Officials say the panther was almost 4 years old.

Itís the 20th fatal collision this year, out of 25 total panther deaths. Biologists will study the pantherís remains.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern United States, but now their habitat mostly is confined to southwest Florida. Only about 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.