Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi)
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Title: Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
Alternative Title: Puma concolor coryi
Creator: Gentry, George
Source: WV-7941-Centennial CD
Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributor: NATIONAL CONSERVATION TRAINING CENTER-PUBLICATIONS AND TRAINING MATERIALS
Language: EN - ENGLISH
Rights: (public domain)
Subject: Florida, endangered species, mammal, NWR
Abstract: As its name suggests, the Florida Panther Refuge was established to protect the critically endangered Florida panther, a local subspecies of mountain lion. It is thought that there are fewer than 50 of these animals remaining. Recent introductions of a close cousin, the Texas panther, are already thought to be successful in enhancing the gene pool and improving the Florida panther's chances of survival. Other species found in this forested wetland of cypress trees and subtropical hardwoods include black bears, bobcats, alligators, and otters. Endangered wood storks are also found here, and the area is home to the largest concentration and greatest density of native orchids on the continent.