Monday, September 23, 2013

Florida Panther

This lovely statue of a Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi) stands outside the welcome center at the Everglades National Park, celebrating one of Florida's most exciting and lively attractions. (And no, not the hockey team.)

Though the Florida Panther is an endangered species, their numbers are fortunately on the rise again, much like the Florida Black Bear. Their only natural predators, aside from humans, are alligators. I have yet to lay eyes on one, but I have been visited daily by their distant cousins, some of the estimated 5.3 million free-ranging cats in Florida.

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