FORT MYERS, Fla. - Another endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.
It’s the fourth panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of six total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 7-year-old female panther were found Saturday in Lee County on a rural road near Wild Turkey Strand Preserve, wildlife officials said.
Later in January, another 2-year-old panther was killed after it was hit by a vehicle. The remains of the male panther were also located near Wild Turkey Strand Preserve.
In 2020, a total of 22 Florida panther deaths were reported, with 19 killed by vehicles.
Florida panthers once roamed the entire Southeast, but now their habitat mostly is confined to a small region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.
The Associated Press contributed to this report