Florida panther near SWFL International Airport one of two killed on roads
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Two recent Florida panther deaths increased their death toll to 26 recorded this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
A 2-year-old male was found dead Wednesday in Lee County, apparently killed by a vehicle. The FWC found the panther on Daniels Parkway, less than a mile north of Southwest Florida International Airport.
A second panther, this one 4 months old, was found dead Tuesday on a Hendry County road, also after being hit by a vehicle.
Earlier this month, two 4-month-old sibling panthers — a male and a female — were found dead on a Hendry County road.
Biologists say the population of Florida panthers, an endangered species, has rebounded from historic lows, leading to increased roadkills and other conflicts with humans.
You can report injured or dead panthers to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).