A Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, it’s the ninth panther death involved in a vehicle-related death. There have been a total of 14 panther deaths this year already, a tragedy since there are only an estimated 230 left.
Wildlife officials said the remains of the one-year-old female Florida panther were found Monday in Lee County on Interstate 75 near Fort Myers.
Florida panthers can only be found in Florida near the Gulf of Mexico, but once lived throughout much of the Southeast.