Panther struck, killed by vehicle on Alligator Alley in Collier County

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A male Florida panther struck and killed by a vehicle Monday night on Alligator Alley in Collier County became the 18th panther found dead in the state this year, wildlife officials said.

The body of the 1-year-old uncollared wild cat was found about 9:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 75 near mile marker 92. This location is about 100 yards west of the FakaUnion Canal overpass where the high fencing on Alligator Alley ends, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a statement.

It was the 15th panther killed in a collision with a vehicle this year in the state, the agency said. Most of those killed have been in Collier. Last year was a record-breaking year for panther deaths when 26 were found dead in Florida.

The panther carcass will be taken to the FWC Wildlife Research Lab in Gainesville for a necropsy.

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