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Two Florida panthers found dead

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(photo courtesy: FWC website) (photo courtesy: FWC website)

Two Florida panthers have been found dead in the past three days in southwest Florida, authorities said.

An approximately 1-year-old male was found hit by a car Monday morning in Collier County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

A two-and-a-half year old female's body was found Saturday morning, also from an apparent car strike, the FWC reported.

A total of 18 Florida panther deaths have been document this year, 10 from apparent vehicle strikes.

That brings the total number of panther deaths in Florida to 18 in 2012. They are the 9th and 10th road mortalities.

Florida panthers are an endangered species. The FWC estimates there are only 100 to 160 Florida panthers left living in the wild.

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