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I photographed this male Florida Panther at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa, Florida. Original photo is shown below, as well as an alternate view.
Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D, Canon 55-250 lens at 96 mm
Edited and Texture by Boudoir Kandy applied in Photoshop
FEATURED in , January 25, 2011
From Defenders of Wildlife:
“The Florida panther, Florida’s state animal, is one of the most endangered mammals on earth. It is tawny brown on the back and pale gray underneath. The Florida panther is one of 30 Puma concolor subspecies known by many names – puma, cougar, mountain lion, painter, catamount and panther.”
From Florida Panther.com:
WHAT IS BEING DONE?: Plans to save the panthers focus on 3 areas of action.
First, additional habitat must be secured and enhanced.
Second, programs are under way to breed panthers in captivity for later release back in the wild.
Third, scientists are exploring ways to increase the genetic variability of panthers through cross-breeding with closely related subspecies.
The Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge was established in Collier County where research is being conducted to learn more about the panther and its habitat needs.