Florida panther: Dead cat walking
Three Florida panthers killed by cars on three consecutive days last weekend have pushed the total of road deaths for the state animal to the point where it is on pace to top last year's record of 17.
So far this year, eight have been run down. This time last year, only seven had been hit.
The three panthers run over last weekend were all killed on U.S. 41 in Collier County — a road that has no special underpasses for wildlife, unlike other major highways through panther habitat in South Florida, even though it passes through several state and national parks.