The Rapidly Declining Population in the Everglades
A Research Assignment and Investigation by Ty Bogar
Species: Puma concolor coryi
Average Weight: Males- 130 pounds ; Females- 75 pounds
Average Height: 25 inches, Females being smaller than males
Average Length: Males- 7 feet ; Females- 6 feet
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Population: 100 to 180 mature panthers in the area
Mating Season: All year, mainly winter and spring
Average Gestation: 90 days
Kittens Per Litter: 1-4
The panthers are located in southern Florida, and rarely ever leave the area. The only known breeding area is here. Within this area, Florida panthers primarily live alone, each male roaming a territory of about 200 square miles, and each female about 75 square miles.
Predators and Prey
Predators: The Florida panther is the top predator of its ecosystem, however main causes of death include habitat destruction and being killed by automobiles.
Prey: Diet includes white-tailed deer, birds, armadillo, rabbits, raccoons, and small mammals.
Plan for Conservation