Habitat loss, degradation, vehicle strikes, and fragmentation are among the greatest threats to panther survival, while human intolerance of panthers is one of the greatest threats to their recovery.
They are threatened with extinction, and human development in panther habitat negatively impacts their recovery. Panthers are wide ranging and secretive, occurring at low densities. Florida Panthers require large contiguous areas to meet their social, reproductive, and energetic needs. Panther habitat selection is related to prey availability (i.e., habitats that make prey vulnerable to stalking and capturing are selected). Limiting factors for the panther are habitat availability, prey availability, and lack of human tolerance.
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