Florida panther kitten remains found in den on Lee County Port Authority property

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FORT MYERS, Florida — Officials say the remains of a 2-week old Florida panther kitten have been found in southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the remains were discover in the den of a collared female last week on Lee County Port Authority property. The cause of death wasn't known.

This is the 23rd Florida panther death documented 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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