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Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

It is the 19th death of the endangered species this year attributed to fatal collisions.
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.
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. [ PHOTO BY JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES | Orlando Sentinel ]
Published Oct. 23

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.