7th panther death of 2013 reported in SW Florida

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Posted at 5:30 AM, Mar 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-18 05:30:00-04

LABELLE, Fla. (AP) - The remains of an endangered Florida panther have been found in southwest Florida.


      Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say the 2- or 3-year-old male panther was found Saturday morning alongside a road east of LaBelle.


      It's the seventh panther death of the year. Officials say it's the fifth panther death caused by a vehicle this year.


      Roughly 100 to 160 panthers remain in Florida, where the big cats' habitat has been lost to development.