Another panther killed on Collier roads

For the second time in a week, a panther was found dead in Collier County.

The 1-year-old male was found dead Monday morning on State Road 29 about 2 miles north of U.S. 41 East. The cause of death was collision with a vehicle, according the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

This is the 18th panther death in Florida this year and the 10th killed on a Florida road.

In 2011, 24 panthers died and 9 deaths were caused by collisions with vehicles.

Scientists say a growing panther population is running out of room in Southwest Florida and must expand to other parts of Florida or other southeastern states. The population has rebounded from as few as 30 panthers to between 120 and 160, scientists say.

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