Amazing footage of a family of Florida Panthers captured on camera in a residents backyard. You can hear the cats before you see them. You will also notice some typical cat behavior when they head for the trees. Wait for the 3 minute mark when the action starts, you won’t be disappointed.
The Florida Panther is one of the most endangered mammals on earth, it is estimated that there are approximately 100-180 adults and subadults in south Florida, which is the only known breeding population. “They once lived in woodlands and swamps throughout the Southeast, but when European settlers arrived in the 1600s, the clear-cutting, building and other human activities that destroy, degrade and fragment habitat began, and the fear and misconceptions that led to panther persecution took root.”
“Their historical range was once across the southeastern United States including Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and parts of Tennessee and South Carolina. Now, the breeding population of Florida panthers is found only in the southern tip of Florida, south of the Caloosahatchee River.” – Defenders of Wildlife
Habitat loss, human development, prey loss and inbreeding are some of the challenges the Florida Panther faces.
I know it is a serious privilege to have all of these beautiful & highly endangered cats right in your backyard. Sadly it also speaks to habitat loss & the struggle the Florida Panther has. Hopefully this will encourage people to appreciate, protect & share their environment. Glad you enjoyed it!
What shame we humans should feel for yet another species dying out because of our selfish behaviors and supposed needs. These panthers are beautiful, I hope there are protections for them and that people will show some humanity and leave them be.