Panther Health

Healthy PantherLearning about an individual animal’s health is important not only for the well-being of that animal but also as part of an assessment of the health of the population. For example, a disease or health condition identified in one panther may provide clues to health risks for other panthers and allow early treatment and intervention, thereby minimizing impacts to the population. In this section you can learn about veterinary examination of both live panthers at capture as well as panthers that have died. You will also find information on several diseases known to affect panthers, methods used to treat and prevent these diseases, and ways that you can help to control disease in wild panthers.



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The bowfin, or mudfish, is a ‘living fossil’ and is the only freshwater fish with a gular bone, a bony plate on the exterior of the lower jaw between the two jawbones.

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