FORT MYERS, Florida — Officials say a Florida panther was killed by a vehicle in southwest Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 1-year-old uncollared female was found Wednesday along Corkscrew Road in Lee County, near the Collier County line. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.
This is the 17th Florida panther death of 2014, the 12th hit by a vehicle.
Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around 160 remain in the wild.