Car kills Florida pan­ther

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - As­so­ci­ated Press

LABELLE An en­dan­gered Florida pan­ther has been struck and killed by a ve­hi­cle.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Com­mis­sion says the male pan­ther’s re­mains were found Mon­day in Hendry County, just north of the Din­ner Is­land Ranch Wildlife Man­age­ment Area. Of­fi­cials say the pan­ther was 6 years old.

It’s the 21st fa­tal col­li­sion this year, out of 26 to­tal pan­ther deaths. Bi­ol­o­gists will study the pan­ther’s re­mains.

Florida pan­thers once roamed the en­tire South­east­ern United States but now their habi­tat mostly is con­fined to south­west Florida. Only about 230 Florida pan­thers re­main in the wild.

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