FLORIDA PANTHER

By: Maggie Smith

Habitat

The Florida Panther lives in Southwestern Florida. It is a very dry land with some swamps.  They do not like to live in places with lots of water, but they occasionally live in places with nearby streams that make life easier foodwise. In the daytime, the rest near trees, and during the night, they are usually awake.

Color, Shape, and Size

The average female Florida Panther weighs in at about 80 pounds, and the male is usually about 130 pounds. They are very long animals, mostly 5-8 feet. Their overall color is tan that gets darker in the center of their back. They have a creamy white colored stomach, and a black muzzle, tip of tail, and backs of ears.

THIS IS THEIR LIFE CYCLE

Scientific Classification

SCIENTIFIC NAME- PUMA CONCOLOR CORYI

KINGDOM- ANIMALIA

PHYLUM- CHORDATA

CLASS- MAMMALIA

ORDER- CARNIVORA

FAMILY- FELIDAE

GENUS- PUMA

SPECIES- CONCOLOR

Nutrition

As in the scientific classification, they are carnivores. They eat any kind of wildlife that live in the local area such as a squirrel or deer. To catch their prey, they hunt at night. To get their water, the Florida Panther finds a stream to drink from.

THREATS AND SOLUTIONS

Threats

They are endangered from many people hunting them because it costs 5$ for each scalp. Also, the main reason they are dying is because people are using more land for buildings, houses, and land for crops. The Florida Panther has to now cross a highway to get to livable land, which many times occurs with death by cars and trucks there. Deer is Florida were spreading ticks so hunters killed them, lowering the deer rate, and starving the panthers. Lastly, the amount of pollution has increased over the years, messing up their reproduction systems.

Solutions

By the 1950's, that they are not really bothering the humans at all, and that the population was decreasing. They started doing more and more things to help them like putting up roads signs, creating organizations, making a captive breeding ground for them, making newspapers and broadcasts about supporting them, and fences and underpasses were made for them to safely go around the roads. In 1978, they restricted any hunting and it was then considered a felony. They are doing all they can do to help, but huting is still being done illegally.