LABELLE — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.
It is the 19th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 25 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The remains of the 3-year-old male panther were found Saturday along a rural road west of LaBelle 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.