Another panther killed in Collier County

An endangered Florida panther was found dead Wednesday in eastern Collier County after being hit by a vehicle, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported today.

The 1-year-old female, which did not have a radio tracking collar, was found along State Road 29, about 1 1/2 miles south of Interstate 75. It is the 21st panther mortality ni 2012, and the 13th road mortality, according to Conservation Commission figures.

Biologists say they will take the carcass to the state's wildlife research lab in Gainesville for a necropsy, and the remains will be archives at the Florida Museum of Naturla History.

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