Only 160 adults exist of this unique subspecies of cougar that adapted to Florida's subtropical environment over thousands of years. Panther kittens are born blind and helpless, depending completely on their mother for over two years. As young adults, both male and female kittens will set off on a journey through the state to find a territory of their own. Only 160 adults exist of this unique subspecies of cougar that adapted over thousands of years to Florida's subtropical environment. Normally a solitary animal, a mother panther will protect her kittens fiercely, guiding them on a journey from helplessness to hunters in just two years. Old Fact:The Florida Panther is a unique subspecies of cougar that has adapted to the subtropical environment of Florida over thousands of years. Once abundant in the state, today their population hovers around 160 cats mostly living in South Florida between the Everglades and Big Cypress National Parks.
“Florida Panther Program.” Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission, myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/wildlife/panther/.