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Endangered Florida panther dies after being hit by car

April 2, 2019

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

It’s the sixth fatal collision this year, out of eight total panther deaths.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of a 4-year-old male panther were found Saturday in Hendry County near LaBelle.

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.