Florida panther  by D R Moore

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The Florida panther is a highly threatened representative of cougar (Puma concolor) that lives in the low tides, palm forests and swamps of southern Florida in the United States.
Its current taxonomic status (Puma concolor coryi or Puma concolor couguar) is unresolved. The Florida Panther is also known as the cougar, mountain lion, puma, and catamount.
Males weigh about 169 pounds and live within a range that includes the Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. This population, the only unequivocal cougar representative in the eastern United States, currently occupies only 5% of its historic range. The number of living Florida panthers is estimated to be between 80 and 100.

In 1982, the Florida panther was chosen as the Florida state animal.
Southern Florida is a fast-developing area, and declining habitat threatens this species. The two highest causes of mortality for the Florida panthers are automobile injuries and aggression between panthers for territory. The primary threats to the population as a whole include habitat loss, habitat degradation, and habitat fragmentation.

This image was Captured in Jupiter, Florida with a Canon 450D and an EFS 55-250mm lens attached.
This image was Captured in Jupiter, Florida with a Canon 450D using an EFS 55-250mm lens

Focal Length 225mm
Exposure Time 1/250s
Aperture F5.7
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Today I was able to witness this Florida Panther snatch this squirrel out of the air while it tried to pass through the panthers enclosure by way of tree hopping it was about 8 feet of the ground. I was extremely impressed.
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  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

    I have one of these or more that hang around the place here, tracks have been see and two of them have been see crossing the road near by. I recently found out that the Missouri Department of Conservation has released 500 of them in the state in an attempt to help control the deer population. I am not very happy to have them this close to home with my small terrier dog, he thinks he is tougher than he really is. Great image of this one.

  • These are not a creature you want around the house, This one was watching a squirrel that entered her enclosure, the squirrel did not make it out she snatched it while jumping to the next tree about 8 feet off the ground.

    – D R Moore

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL capture, HAPPY NEW YEAR, regards Ann

  • Thank you, and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you as well

    – D R Moore

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

    I know they have been hanging around in the woods behind the house because the dog goes nuts and then I find tracks on the hill side the next day. Luckily the dog stays inside at night so unless it gets really hungry I don’t think it will try to get him.

  • Which is a really good thing

    – D R Moore

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 3 years ago

    Just a beautiful capture of this wonderful animal!! Fantastic capture of the catching of the squirrel.

  • Thank you, wish I was able to get a clear image of the leap but the fence was in the way and I was zoomed in for the portrait image, guess I need to work on my camera handling speed :)

    – D R Moore

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 3 years ago

    They are so fast you would have been to go from portrait out so guess just have to try again. You will have to wait for another squirrel, of course they may be getting in short supply if they walk across the top of the fence.

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 3 years ago

    Super Capture – posed for you perfectly!!……Tony

  • Shane Jones
    Shane Jonesover 3 years ago

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 3 years ago

    Great capture.

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  • Rebecca Morrison
    Rebecca Morrisonabout 3 years ago

    Amazing image! Pretty please consider submitting it to the Critter Gitter challenge in Forgotten Florida!

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