Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle in Lehigh Acres

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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being hit by a vehicle in Lee County.

It’s the 19th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 21 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The remains of the 2-year-old male panther were found Tuesday along a rural road in Lehigh Acres, FWC said.

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

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