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Panther hit, killed by vehicle in Florida

27 panthers killed by cars so far this year

File photo. (Courtesy of U.S. National Park Service, Everglades National Park)
File photo. (Courtesy of U.S. National Park Service, Everglades National Park)


FORT MYERS, Fla – Wildlife officials say they've found the remains of a 6-month old male Florida panther along a road in southwest Florida.

In a news release sent Monday the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the panther was killed by a vehicle on Friday.

The remains were taken to Gainesville for a necropsy.

So far this year 35 Florida panthers have been found dead. The agency says 27 deaths were road fatalities.

Officials say only about 180 Florida panthers remain in the wild.