NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say the remains of a young male panther fatally injured in a collision with a vehicle will be archived at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the 4-year-old panther was given emergency care after the collision Friday in Collier County. The animal later died from its injuries.
Florida panthers are an endangered species. Only an estimated 100 to 160 of the big cats remain in the southern part of the state.
A necropsy will be performed at the commission's laboratory in Gainesville. The remains will be archived along with the remains of other panthers at the Gainesville museum.
It's the 16th panther death in Florida this year, and the 13th caused by a collision with a vehicle.