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Concern over Florida Panther

The endangered Florida panther may have been pulled back from the brink of extinction, but its growing population is running out of room to roam. Breeding programs with the Florida panther's imported cousin, the Texas puma, have helped to revive the population from a low of around 30 two decades ago to an estimated 140 today. The panther population isn't out of the woods yet, but with those numbers rebounding, efforts to save the predator have shifted focus to preserving what remains of their existing habitat in Southwest Florida and looking at opening new areas further north. Even so, scientists estimate there is still a 6 percent chance of extinction over the next 100 years - unless they can prevent further habitat degradation and loss.

 

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