16 Jul 2018

Florida Panther

The Florida Panther

The Florida Panther is of the Puma subspecies which ranges from mountain lions, cougars, and more. This specific type of panther lives within the Everglades of Florida as well as the surrounding swamps. Panthers are liked because they keep the wild boar population in check, in fact so liked that they are the official state animal. Although popular now and better understood, there was a time in the past when settlers mistook the nature of the Florida Panther and hunted it to near extinction This made the panthers one of the most endangered mammals on Earth.

The Florida Panther is not only endangered by the hunting it endured in the past but also the constant draining and destruction of the Florida Everglades it calls home. A single male Panther requires at least 200 square miles to survive comfortably and properly. Habitats of the Panther is usually in a dry dense scrub, also where the panther kittens are born and raised for a short amount of time.  They are then raised to be more independent and eventually leave the mothers safety. Most cubs don’t make it, a litter consist of typically 1-4 cubs. The male Panther often avoids the females other than to breed, so the female panther does all the raising.

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