The Florida Panther is a large, long-tailed, pale brown cat that grows to six feet or longer. Its habitat corresponds to the white-tailed deer, the mainstay of its diet. It is slightly smaller and lighter than the western Mountain Lion or Puma.

A very reclusive animal, population growth is the primary threat to the panther's range and continues to diminish existing habitats. As few as 50 animals are believed to exist in the wild.

The Florida Panther has been protected from legal hunting in Florida since 1958 and was voted the official state animal by Florida school children.

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