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Officials: Florida panther killed

May 25, 2022 GMT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died.

It’s the 17th panther death recorded this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.

The remains of the 5-month-old female panther were found Monday on private property in northeast Naples in Collier County, wildlife officials said.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire Southeast, but now their habitat mostly is confined to a small region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.