Scientists: 29 Florida Panther Kittens Born in 2010

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Naples, FL (AP) - State wildlife officials say there were 29
documented Florida panther kittens born in 2010, and another 30 to
40 likely were born to unmonitored panthers.

That compares to just 11 documented kittens born in 2009.

The numbers may indicate a big leap in panther population growth
-- especially compared to 23 documented panther deaths this year --
but not all of the kittens survive.

Scientists believe less than 120 Florida panthers remain in the
wild, though they are running out of habitat. Only 24 of those big
cats have radio collars. Of those two dozen, 11 of those are
females that had litters this year.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Bob Location: fla. on Dec 28, 2010 at 03:28 AM
    when more panthers/cougars are needed just import some more from out west
  • by JustWondering Location: Tallahassee on Dec 27, 2010 at 10:12 PM
    The article on the two deads adult panthers estimated that less than 120 were left alive in the wild. Now we have an article stating that 29 known births and up to 40 additional births from unmonitored cats has taken place. When I do the math something tells me someones getting grant money and funds to make decisions based on estimation not research. But when it comes to the FWC, conjecture is always the reigning authority....
  • by jr Location: ga on Dec 27, 2010 at 08:01 PM
    i am really suprized there any left at all. maby they can make acomeback. when a animal on gods earth goes extinc it isa great loss for everyone.
  • by all I can say is on Dec 27, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    It's probably a good thing none of them were in the Crawfordville, Carrabelle, Apalachicola area because the rednecks would shoot them and claim they were a nuisance like they do the innocent cats and the bears.
  • by Maryann on Dec 27, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    i totally agree with you. the panthers are a staple to florida culture. i hope this is a good sign for the future..
  • by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2010 at 08:52 AM
    This news is bittersweet. Its great to see the growth went up from last year but 29 is still a really low number. I'm afraid to say and hope I am proven wrong that the next few generations might miss out on seeing beautiful animals all over the world due to their extinction.
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