- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - State wildlife officials say an endangered panther has been killed by a vehicle in southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 1 1/2-year-old male was found dead Wednesday in rural Collier County.

It is the third panther death of 2014, the second involving a vehicle.

A necropsy is planned at FWC’s laboratory in Gainesville.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around 160 remain in the wild.

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