FWC officers responded to a report of the dead panther about 2 p.m. Thursday. The carcass was on the shoulder of the road on the southbound side of the turnpike in the southernmost portion of Osceola County, near Yeehaw Junction.
"The partially decomposed remains appear to be that of an endangered Florida panther," said FWC Lt. Rick Brown. "It also appears someone cut off the head. We encourage anyone who knows anything about this to call Wildlife Alert as soon as possible."