According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC), the remains of a 7-year-old radio-collared male panther were found recently in Collier County.
The panther's carcass was found in a serious state of decomposition, however FWCC officials believe the animal was killed by another panther.
This is the 18th recorded Florida panther death in 2014. Twelve of those deaths are attributed to automobile accidents.
Since the late 1970s, Florida's panther population has grown under Federal protection from a small handful to possibly as many as 160 animals. For many years now that total population number has hovered at that level due to lack of suitable habitat and dangerous, almost uncrossable roadways that surround the refuge.