MEET THE ENDANGERED FLORIDA PANTHER
The Florida panther is a subspecies of Puma concolor (also known as mountain lion, cougar, or puma) and represents the only known breeding population of puma in the eastern United States. In 1967, the Department of the Interior listed the Florida panther as an endangered subspecies. Since then, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has worked closely with the state of Florida, as well as other federal agencies and private partners to make significant progress towards achieving recovery.
Florida panthers are carnivores, which means they only eat meat. They primarily eat white-tailed deer and wild hogs, but smaller mammals such as raccoons, armadillos, and rabbits are also an important part of their diet.
The breeding range of the Florida panther population is currently restricted to habitat south of the Caloosahatchee River in southern Florida. Recovery efforts to-date have successfully contributed to a significant increase in the panther population, which now occupies most available habitat south of Caloosahatchee River.