Panther Killed in Southwest Florida

It is the 3rd panther death of 2014

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    Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but few remain.

    State wildlife officials said an endangered panther was killed by a vehicle in southwest Florida.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported that the 1 1/2-year-old male was found dead Wednesday in rural Collier County.

    It is the third panther death of 2014, the second involving a vehicle.

    A necropsy is planned at FWC's laboratory in Gainesville.

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    Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around 160 remain in the wild.