Among national emblems and state animals, the elusive Florida Panther is proven to be one of the many historical animals driven nearly too total extinction. The panther, also known mythically as the ?black panther? or ?puma? is an elegant animal, yet it is faced with many problems. Due to in-breeding the massive cat is faced with many medical complications as well as the constant terrorism from humans. Poaching once was a key reason to their slow demise; now motor vehicle collisions along inter-states and state highways have proven to be the panther?s main enemy. The passive cats today, range only in the southwest lower sections of Florida, mainly in National and State Parks and privately owned reserves. Once stretching into Mississippi and Tennessee, the mighty cats have been systematically removed and are facing an immanent demise unless further steps are taken to insure their survival.
Beating out the popular manatee, alligator, and the key-deer, the panther was successfully adopted as Florida?s state animal (Florida Panther Net). Know by many, as the mysterious ?black panther? or ?puma,? the massive cat?s scientific name is Felis concolor coryi, given to it by naturalist and hunter Charles Barney Cory (U.S. Fish & Wildlife
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