panther

Florida Panther: Puma concolor coryi

Appearance:

Cougar adults are a uniform tan color with lighter fur on their lower chests, belly, and inner legs. Shades of individual animals may vary considerably from grayish to reddish to yellowish.  This uniform color conceals them effectively in a variety of settings including the open range.

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Habitat:

The home range of male panthers is about 520 square km (200 square miles or 128,494 acres) and the home range of female panthers is about 195 square km (75 square miles or 48,185 acres). Young males are often without a home range of their own. Young females usually remain close to where they were born (less than 13 km; 8 mi.) and frequently continue to share a portion of their mother's home range. Males disperse greater distances. Dispersal of young panthers, particularly males, has been greatly reduced in south Florida by human development.

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Behavior:

Panthers are solitary, elusive animals and are rarely observed in the wild. Since 1981 scientists have fitted many Florida panthers with radio collars to help keep track of their movements. Still, much of what we know about panthers comes from what they leave behind: tracks, scrapes, scratches, scat (feces), and prey remains.

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