Endandered Species Project

By: Shannah Avila

Native to US: Florida Panther

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Native to US: Florida Panther

Background Information:

  • -Puma Concolor
  • -Large tan cats of beige fur, with black marks on the tips of the tail, ears, and snout. Crooked tail
  • -6-7ft long
  • -Live in warm climates; wetlands, swamps, and upland forests
  • -Found in Southern Florida in swamplands like the Everglades National Park & Big Cypress National Preserve
  • -Territorial/ Solitary, unless with partner and cubs
  • -Mate in November- March. Female is pregnant for 3 months & give birth to 1-3 kittens
  • -They are born with spots for camouflage, and as they grow older the spots disappear
  • -Before, they were found from Florida to Louisiana; throughout the Gulf Coast & Arkansas
  • -Today, only found in Southwestern tip of Florida

Threats/Causes of Endangerment:

  • -Habitat Loss- construction reduces habitat to the Florida Panther
  • -Human-Wildlife Conflict- Florida Panthers are hit by cars
  • -Pollution- Mercury
  • -Disease- Feline Leukemia
  • -During 1800 & early 1900's the cats were maliciously hunted & almost eradicated from the eastern US & that decimated the population greatly

Possible Course of Action for Protection:

  • -Nature Conservancy Florida support panther conservation & protects their habitat
  • - Florida's Water & Land Legacy Campaign will restore the Everglades, protect drinking water sources, and protect natural lands & wildlife habitat
  • -Other organizations: Florida Panther Nation Wildlife Refuge, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service
  • -Reduce Pollution: Proper disposal of household, gardening, & agricultural chemicals
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Bibliography

"Florida Panther." National Wildlife Federation. National Wildlife Federation, n.d. Web. 6 Dec. 2015.

"Habitat Protection for the Florida Panther." The Conservation Fund. The Conservation Fund, n.d. Web. 6 Dec. 2015.

"Help Save the Florida Panther." The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy, n.d. Web. 6. Dec. 2015.