Associated Press Release
BUCKINGHAM, Fla. (AP) -- An endangered Florida panther has been found dead in southwest Florida.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say the remains of the male panther were found Saturday near Buckingham in Lee County.
Officials say a collision with a vehicle was the cause of death. The panther's remains will be taken to the wildlife commission's research lab in Gainesville for a necropsy.
It's the 11th panther death recorded this year. Eight of those deaths have been caused by collisions with cars.
Only about 100 to 160 panthers remain in the wild, mostly in southern Florida. The big cats once roamed throughout the southeastern United States.