- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Another Florida panther death has been added to this year’s record-breaking total.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that a 2-½-year-old female was found Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle on Corkscrew Road in Collier County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

The total mortality figure for 2015 stands at 38, with 27 road mortalities. That’s after the record Florida set 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.

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