The Florida panther is the only mountain lion subspecies found east of the Mississippi River. The few remaining wild individuals live in remote wilderness areas. Florida panthers can leap more than 4 m (15 ft.) when pouncing on their prey.
Three endangered Florida panthers were recently killed by separate vehicle strikes earlier this week. officials said.
That makes 18 panthers deaths attributed to fatal collisions, out of 24 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The remains of a 4-month-old male panther were found Tuesday within Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County, and a 3-year-old male was found on the same day on the western edge of the park, wildlife officials said.
The Florida panther’s current status is listed as endangered. Today there are only 120 to 130 Florida panthers left in the wild.