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Florida panther killed on road, sets record for panther deaths


Officials say a Florida panther was killed by a vehicle near Naples in southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 6-month-old uncollared male was found Friday in Collier County, on Golden Gate Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

This is the 27th Florida panther death of 2014, the 20th hit by a vehicle. The death marks a new annual record for number of Florida panthers killed on roads in South Florida, according to Naples Daily News.

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