var bmienmo = ['o','f','a','"','l','y','i','. 954-434-8111 Ext 102 The current range of Florida panthers is less than five percent of their original range across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and parts of Tennessee and South Carolina. Survival Adaptations: Because the Florida Panthers are close to extinction, they have found new ways to expand there life span. Kittens remain with their mother for up to two years in the wild, hunting alongside of her before venturing off on their own. His picture is one of a series he has taken of Florida panthers, images that will receive a highly commended award at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London this week. A population of approximately 120-230 adult panthers is now limited primarily to southern Florida, south of the Caloosahatchee River. “However, these animals are now facing a series of new threats to their numbers: the spread of housing across their last habitats in southern Florida, and the construction of new roads, which bisect their ranges.”. In 1967, the Department of the Interior listed the Florida panther as an endangered subspecies. The Florida panther is a subspecies of the mountain lion. Below are some facts about the Florida panther. “However, we have to find ways to protect these new reserves and to build up numbers of Florida panthers to ensure their future survival,” said Ward. Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum London, 18 October 2019 – 31 May 2020, Available for everyone, funded by readers. Panther's are very quite and usally communicate through vocalization.Panther's usually communicate this way when they want to mate. In addition, ranch lands used by panthers to move around are now being sold to housing estate developers, which threatens to cut off essential wildlife corridors. Florida panthers are the only breeding group of pumas in the eastern United States. This fall, biologists announced the apparent success of a last-ditch conservation effort: the Florida panther, once slated for extinction, has been given a second lease on life by the infusion of genetic variation.In the 1900s, this population nosedived because of hunting and habitat loss. Panthers utilize a variety of habitat types including hardwood forests, prairies and swamps. Florida panther, member of a population of large New World cats of the species Puma concolor, family Felidae, confined to a small, isolated, and inbred group in southern Florida and protected by the U.S. The primary factors contributing to vulnerability of the Florida panther are sea level rise, presence of barriers, habitat fragmentation, changes in salinity and runoff and storm surge. Endangered Species Act (1973). The discovery of a female Florida panther lying with a broken leg on a verge outside the town of Naples, south of Tampa, triggered a widespread rescue dash. However, the panthers have lost roughly 95% of their historic habitat, and their current range is now squeezed into a few protected areas such as Big Cypress National Preserve … More information about adaptation strategies. Once common throughout the southeastern United States, fewer than 100 Florida panthers (Puma concolor coryi) are estimated to live in the wilds of south Florida today. Florida panther has been described as having a broad, flat, frontal region, and broad, high-arched or upward-expanded nasals (Young and Goldman 1946). However, by the middle of the last century hunting and habitat loss had reduced their population – now isolated to a pocket of southern Florida – to about 30 to 40 adults. However, habitat fragmentation and encroachment by humans are two of the biggest driving forces in reducing the panther population from historical to current levels. In 1967, the Department of the Interior listed the Florida panther as an endangered subspecies. DIET. 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. Since then, the U.S. While the Florida panther’s historic range once extended from Florida to Louisiana and throughout the Gulf states, today the large cat occupies only 5 percent of that range. In the past, males – which patrol ranges of up to 200 square miles – have been spotted in northern Florida but until now they had no chance of finding a mate. Florida panthers were heavily hunte… Increased fire could increase forage for deer, thereby increasing prey availability.