Endangered Florida Panther Dies After Being Hit by Car

An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.

It's the 15th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 18 total deaths this year.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of a 4-month-old female panther were found Tuesday in Collier County, in a rural area west of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.

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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