According to State Wildlife officials a Florida Panther determined to be six month old male was found last Sunday in Collier Country after being struck by a vehicle.
Also on Sunday, the body of a second panther, a male believed to be four to five years old, was found along I-75 in Lee County. It had also been struck and killed by a vehicle.
It has been a tragic year for the big cats. So far in the past three months, 16 Florida panthers have been found dead and all but two were killed by automobiles on the Sunshine State’s roads.
The arrival of the Zika virus in Florida has been raising an alarm with state health officials. Originating in South and Latin America, there are now numerous confirmed cases in the Sunshine State. To combat this threat, scientists are now considering utilizing genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes.