Dead Florida panther found in Collier County

Florida panther caught on Florida Fish and Wildlife camera. David Shindle/Special to The Banner

Florida panther caught on Florida Fish and Wildlife camera. David Shindle/Special to The Banner

Another dead Florida panther has been found in Collier County after it was struck by a vehicle, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported Monday.

Biologists said the 10-year-old uncollared female panther was found Sunday east of Immokalee along Immokalee Road.

The death brings this year’s death toll to nine, including six roadkill panthers. The FWC lists other causes of panther deaths as unknown or fights with other wildcats.

Another female panther was found dead in the Big Cypress National Preserve on Friday after a fight with another panther, biologists reported.

Scientists estimate that as many as 160 panthers are left in the wild, but their growing population is running out of room.

A necropsy is planned for the dead panther at the FWC lab in Gainesville. The remains will be archived at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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