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Sep 28, 7:44 PM EDT

Panther killed in southwest Florida

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Officials say a Florida panther was killed by a vehicle on a southwest Florida road.

The News-Press reports ( ) that state biologists recovered Monday after being hit by a vehicle in Collier County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

This is the 29th Florida panther killed this year, the 20th by a vehicle strike.

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.


Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press,

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