Tuesday morning an anonymous driver helped Florida break the record for most Florida panthers killed in a year by cars or trucks.
According to WCTV
, officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
are saying the remains of a 1-year-old female panther were found in Hendren Country. The FWC estimates that it was hit sometime around 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
This is the 26th time a Florida panther, our official state animal, was killed by a car or truck in 2015 and the 37th death total this year, which is also a new record.
The FWC, who once said it's time to give up on saving panthers
, estimates that there are roughly 100-180 Florida Panthers left.
Florida drivers killed 24 panthers in 2014
, which, combined with this year's totals, makes "death by car" the most common form of panther death in the Sunshine State.