Studies by panther biologists have revealed that most of a panther’s diet is natural prey such as deer, wild hogs and raccoons. Biologists examined scats, found while tracking panthers, as well as stomach contents and feces collected during the necropsy of dead panthers. They documented that nearly 70 percent of a panther’s diet comes from deer, wild hogs and raccoons. Domesticated animals such as goats, sheep and calves are taken by panthers in areas where this prey is available. Such depredations have become more common as the Florida panther population has grown. However, domesticated prey constitutes only a small part of the panthers’ diet, according to these studies.

 

Panther Scats, Feces and Stomach Contents 1995-2014

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Seventy percent of a panther’s diet is comprised of wild hog, white-tailed deer and raccoons.

Wild Hog 21%, White-tailed deer 22%, Raccoon 24%, Nine-banded armadillo 10%, Rodentia 6%, Virginia opossum 5%, Domestic cat 5%, Avian 1%, Rabbit 3%, Domestic goat 1%, Unknown 2%.

 



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While bears may defend a food resource, bears generally are not territorial, meaning they do not defend boundaries of a specific area from intrusion by other bears.

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