Florida Panther Status in the Wild!

An estimated 150 plus Florida Panthers (elsewhere known as Cougars, Pumas, etc) are estimated to survive in their remaining habitat in south Florida. They live in the forests and swamps and are considered critically endangered.

Genetic depletion, alligators, poaching, human encroachment, highways, habitat degradation and loss to development, disease, territorial aggression among males for remaining available territory- all these contribute to the plight of this sub-species.

Conservation efforts in the recent past has helped keep the panther from total extinction but they are clearly on the brink.

If you are looking at a house in a new Florida subdivision it may be on recent former panther territory…The area around Naples, Florida, for example, has been traditional habitat for this big cat!

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