The Florida panthers' population is around 70. Okay, I'm going to let it sink in and then we'll move on. Done? Good.
The highway was once a major problem for Florida panthers. Thankfully, people started putting up fences along highways, and no panthers have gotten hit by a car yet. Habitat loss is another problem panthers are facing. Panthers like to live in the everglades, huge swamps that used to blanket Florida in a lush green, but the everglades are now quickly disappearing. Panthers also like cypress swamps and fresh water marshes. But those are quickly disappearing, too. An individual panther has a big home range, so not a lot of panthers can fit in a swamp. If you live in Florida, you can purchase a license plate with a Florida Panther on it and the money you spend will help the Florida panthers.
Florida panthers' main prey include hogs and white tailed deer. They ambush their prey by hiding in a tree and pouncing on it when they walk by.
Florida Panther Net at <http://www,panther.state.fl.us> (1999).
Images of Florida Panthers from "ArtToday.com" <http://members.clipart.com/en/index> (2003).