Officials say a Florida panther has been found dead from what appears to be a fight with another panther in southwest Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 4-year-old-old male cat’s body was found Saturday on private property in Hendry County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.
This is the second Florida panther death recorded in 2017.
Florida panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around 180 remain in the wild.
Republished with permission of The Associated Press.