Florida Panther Puma concolor coryi

 

Status: Critically Endangered

 

One of 30 cougar subspecies, the Florida panther is tawny brown on the back and pale gray underneath, with white flecks on the head, neck and shoulder. Solitary, territorial, often travel at night. Adults are rarely seen together, except for during the breeding season. Florida panthers are predatory carnivores, with white-tailed deer being the most important prey species.

 

Distribution: found in the Americas. It has a vast range, from Yukon Territory in Canada to the southern Andes of South America.

 

POPULATION: fewer than 70 breeding individuals.

 

THREATS: Habitat loss because of human development and population growth, collision with vehicles, parasites, feline distemper, feline calicivirus (an upper respiratory infection), and other diseases.