NAPLES, Florida — Officials say a Florida panther was found dead on Interstate 75 in southwest Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 2-year-old collared male was found Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle on I-75 near the Daniel's Parkway exit in Lee County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.
So far, five Florida panthers have been found dead in 2016, with four road fatalities.
Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around 180 remain in the wild.