Panther killed in southwest Florida

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Officials say a Florida panther was killed in an apparent territorial dispute in southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 7-year-old male was found Wednesday in Big Cypress National Preserve. The remains were being taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

The News-Press reports that males are known to fight to the death over territory, and biologists say damage to the skull indicates the death came from the jaws of another panther.

This is the 18th Florida panther death of 2014.

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