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MAMMALS

FLORIDA PANTHERS (MOUNTAIN LIONS)

Puma concolor

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Large, tan cat with long tail that has a black tip
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Bobcats, coyotes, cats, dogs
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Decreasing (Endangered in Louisiana)
  • DIET: Deer, coyotes, hogs, raccoons, rodents
  • HABITAT: Dense forests and swamps
  • BREEDING: Late winter - early spring, 1 - 6 cubs born per litter
  • BEHAVIOR: Solitary except when mating, hunt from dusk to dawn
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Master hunters
  • THREATS: Occassionally black bears
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Year round