- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a Florida panther was found dead near a southwest Florida subdivision.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 2-year-old cat’s body was found Thursday at the Lely Resort community in Collier County. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

A total of nine Florida panthers have been found dead in 2016, with seven road fatalities.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around 180 remain in the wild.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide