- Associated Press - Saturday, October 13, 2018

CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) - Two Florida panther kittens have been struck and killed by a vehicle.

They’re the 21st and 22nd fatal collisions this year, out of 24 total panther deaths.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of the male and female, both 4 months old, were collected Wednesday near Dinner Island Ranch Wildlife Management Area in Hendry County.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire Southeast, but now their habitat mostly is confined to a small region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.

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