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Endangered Florida panther dies after being hit by car

July 6, 2019

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.

It’s the tenth fatal collision this year, out of 13 total panther deaths.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of a 1-year-old female panther were found Tuesday in Lee County east of Wild Turkey Strand Preserve.

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.

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