Florida panther kitten killed on Collier road, fourth this year

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

Florida wildlife biologists found a dead endangered Florida panther kitten Wednesday along Everglades Boulevard South in Collier County.

The panther had been hit by a vehicle, the fourth roadkill panther of 2013 — all of which have been panther kittens younger than a year old.

In all, six panthers have been found dead this year. One was killed in a fight with another panther. The cause of death is unknown for another.

Scientists say between 100 and 160 Florida panther live in the wild, but their growing population is running out of room in Southwest Florida.

To report a dead or injured panther, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s wildlife alert hotline at 888-404-3922, call #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone or send a text to Tip@MyFWC.com.

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