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Panther remains found in southwest Florida; 17th death of year

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FORT MYERS, Florida — Officials say a Florida panther was killed by a vehicle in southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 1-year-old uncollared female was found Wednesday along Corkscrew Road in Lee County, near the Collier County line. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

This is the 17th Florida panther death of 2014, the 12th hit by a vehicle.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around 160 remain in the wild.

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