Panther killed in southwest Florida

Florida Panther
Posted at 10:19 PM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 22:19:00-05

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials have recorded the 40th Florida Panther death of the year.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the remains of a 1-yr-old uncollared male panther were found Monday after being hit by a vehicle about 5 miles south of Immokalee in Collier County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

Florida Panther deaths are at a record high this year, with 29 resulting from vehicle strikes.

Florida also 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.