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Officials say a Florida panther was found dead on Interstate 75 in southwest Florida

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NAPLES, Florida — Officials say a Florida panther was found dead on Interstate 75 in southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 2-year-old collared male was found Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle on I-75 near the Daniel's Parkway exit in Lee County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

So far, five Florida panthers have been found dead in 2016, with four road fatalities.

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

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