Panther remains found in southwest Florida; 2nd road kill of year

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NAPLES, Florida — Officials say a Florida panther was killed by a vehicle in southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the female cat was recovered Wednesday in rural Collier County, along Immokalee Road. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

This is the second Florida panther killed by a vehicle this year.

Florida set a record last year with 25 road kills and 33 overall deaths.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around 180 remain in the wild.

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