LABELLE — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.
It’s the 21st panther death attributed to fatal collisions out of 27 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The remains of the 9-year-old female panther were found Tuesday along a road running through Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest in Hendry County, wildlife officials said.
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.