The Florida panther is the Florida state animal. The Florida panther is a highly threatened species of a cougar that lives in forests and swamps of southern Florida. This species of Florida panther's are usually known as a cougar, mountain lion, puma, or catamount. Male panthers usually weigh about 170 pounds. The number of currently living Florida panthers range between 80-100. When the panthers are born, they usually have spots. When they get older and bigger, the spots go away and become tan. The Florida panthers have been critically endangered by the IUCN since 2008. One objective to panther recovery is establishing 2 additional populations within historic range. Recovery efforts are currently underway in Florida to conserve the state's remaining population of native panthers. This is a difficult task, as the panther requires contiguous areas of habitat — each breeding unit, consisting of one male and two to five females, requires about 200 square miles of habitat. The Florida panther is at the center of a controversy over the science that is used to manage the species. Landowners in Eastern Collier County announced a Florida Panther Protection Program, whose main goal is to make more space for the Florida panthers to live in.


http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/panther.php#
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_panther

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