Florida Panther -- To be in Florida, or not to be?

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Florida Panther -- To be in Florida, or not to be?

Post by Memories » Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:35 pm

I've heard about Florida Panthers not actually exsisting. Are there such a thing as these Panthers in Florida?? Or are they just the name of the species? Some websites say two totally different things; that their is no such thing as these beautiful animals and it's just a nick name. Other's say that it's actually a species of Panther.
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Re: Florida Panther -- To be in Florida, or not to be?

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Re: Florida Panther -- To be in Florida, or not to be?

Post by Griffinsong » Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:28 pm

There are Florida Panthers, but they are all but extinct in the wild.

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Re: Florida Panther -- To be in Florida, or not to be?

Post by Memories » Fri Oct 23, 2009 7:30 am

Griffinsong wrote:There are Florida Panthers, but they are all but extinct in the wild.
Hmm that's interesting. some TV shows said they're no such thing.

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Re: Florida Panther -- To be in Florida, or not to be?

Post by Songdog » Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:34 pm

Florida Panthers are one of the rarest animals on earth, with an estimated 100 left in existence. I've seen a captive one before, being a resident of Florida, and just recently one was caught on tape:

http://news.aol.com/article/florida-pan ... deo/533020
Only about 100 Florida panthers survive today, making them one of the rarest animals on Earth. Mark Lotz, a panther specialist with the Florida Wildlife Commission, believes the panther is an adult 100-pound female, Brewer wrote in an e-mail to AOL News.
It is also apparently Florida's state animal. There has been a lot of genetic controversy however. it is listed as a distinct sub-species, with research has not clearly shown this. There are some very slight physical differences between the standard cougar and the Florida Panther, if you study photos very closely.

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Re: Florida Panther -- To be in Florida, or not to be?

Post by Memories » Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:49 pm

Thanks for the informaton Songdog, that really cleared things up.

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Re: Florida Panther -- To be in Florida, or not to be?

Post by Memories » Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:34 am

Rainfall wrote:The Florida Panther is real but it's going extinct.

it'sa shame to, their actually really important to Florida's enviorment. They kept the deer population under controll.

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Re: Florida Panther -- To be in Florida, or not to be?

Post by Songdog » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:21 am

+Ember+ wrote:
Rainfall wrote:The Florida Panther is real but it's going extinct.

it'sa shame to, their actually really important to Florida's enviorment. They kept the deer population under controll.
Well, not entirely. They may have once been important to the deer population but, there are only a hundred left. Florida is a huge state. Meaning that the chances of having on within even a fifty mile radius is rare. I don't know if the deer have many predators here as we don't have wolves (well, we have a small experimental population of Red Wolves but they exist only on an isolated island) and coyotes aren't really around much to consider them a thriving population. Alligators could certainly kill a deer, and they have, but that's mainly in the marsh-environments. Humans are the major predators for the Florida deer, and the black-bear. But the black-bear isn't very common, and isn't found everywhere.

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Re: Florida Panther -- To be in Florida, or not to be?

Post by Memories » Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:29 am

Hmm thanks Songgydoggy.

- Forgive me if i was wrong, i don't live in Flo-rida xD

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Re: Florida Panther -- To be in Florida, or not to be?

Post by Lady of the Wolves » Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:18 am

I thought I heard some where that the Florida Panther was just a black leopard, something about that if you look close enough you can see the spots. Is that true?

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Re: Florida Panther -- To be in Florida, or not to be?

Post by Memories » Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:52 pm

Hmm I'm not entirely sure... I'll have to look into that.

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Re: Florida Panther -- To be in Florida, or not to be?

Post by Canidae » Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:49 pm

Lady of the Wolves wrote:I thought I heard some where that the Florida Panther was just a black leopard, something about that if you look close enough you can see the spots. Is that true?

Leopards don't exist in North America, they're African cats. Jaguars exist in the southern parts of North America, in Mexico for example, but there aren't any leopards.
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