Endangered Florida Panthers Making a Comeback

Endangered Florida Panthers Making a Comeback

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Florida pantherThe population of Florida panthers has increased from 25 adults in 1995 to 100 today, and its genetic diversity has been strengthened by the introduction of eight females, thanks to human intervention over the last decades.

Many of the big cats are healthier, more readily able to resist disease, more reproductively successful, and are freer of serious physical deformities, according to a team of scientists from federal and state agencies as well as from the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Florida conducting a long-term panther monitoring program.

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