These are quite
beautiful cats and their coloring,
which is a golden
is similar to the
California Mountain lion.
They range in
weight from 100-148 pounds for the male
and 60-100 pounds
for the female,
lengths of 7 feet and 6 feet.
Their ages have been
averaged at between six
and 12 years in
recent field studies.
These big cats also
have a big range of about 301 square km
for the male and 104
square km for the female.
While these ranges
may overlap as much as 20 miles,
the males and
females do not live together.
The panthers are a
non migratory species.
A Florida Panther
Their habitats are often a swamp-forest mixed area with beds
being primarily made up of the abundant saw palmetto.
They have been known to stay near wildfires for several days,
waiting for what?, the creatures who run from the flames?
Their favorite food is the white tailed deer, followed by wild hogs,
raccoons and other small mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.
The Panther has been a major part of the culture
of the Indigenous people of Florida,
being used in ceremonies and medicinal rituals.
The Panther Clan, who are descendents of Chief Osceola,
were among the first to honor this remarkable animal,
whose survival now lies in the hands of those who
have driven it to the brink of extinction.
Places to learn more:
Improving Prospects for Florida Panther
Center for Education
Defenders of Wildlife
The Florida Panther Net
The Florida Panther Society
Florida Power and Light
GORP: Everglades National Park
Victory for National Parks and the Florida Panther
National Geographic News
Texas Cats Help Triple Florida Population
National Park Conservation Association
Press Release about Threats to Big Cypress
National Wildlife Federation
Cat on a Collision Course
Nature: Trail of the Cougar
Nature Works/New Hampshire Public Television
US FISH and Wildlife Service
Species Profile: The Florida Panther
Taxonomy - Species - Panther, Florida
Florida Panther National Wildlife
Northern Prairie Wildlife Refuge
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