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Dec 8, 4:22 PM EST

Panther found dead in southwest Florida


FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Officials say a young Florida panther has been found dead from an apparent vehicle strike in southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 4-month-old female cat's body was found Thursday on a Southwest Florida International Airport access road in Lee County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

A total of 40 Florida panthers have been found dead in 2016, with 32 road fatalities.

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

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