LABELLE, Fla. -- The remains of an endangered Florida panther have been found in southwest Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports a 3- to 4-year-old uncollared male panther was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday night around 10:00 p.m., just east of Interstate 75 outside of Fort Myers.
The carcass was collected by FWC and will be taken to a Gainesville lab for necropsy.
This is the 17th panther mortality and the 14th road mortality for 2013.
The Florida panther once ranged across the southeastern United States, but it is now found primarily in southern Florida. The wildlife conservation commission estimates that between 100 and 150 adult panthers remain in the wild, south of the Caloosahatchee River and Lake Okeechobee.