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The Florida panther is a highly threatened representative of cougar that lives in forests and swamps of southern Florida in the United States. Its current taxonomic status (Puma concolor coryi or Puma concolor couguar) is unresolved, but recent genetic research alone does not alter the legal conservation status. This species is also known as the cougar, mountain lion, puma, and catamount but in the Southeast, and particularly Florida, it's only called a Panther. The number of living Florida panthers is estimated to be between 80 and 100. In 1982, the Florida panther was chosen as the Florida state animal. The Florida panther has been protected from legal hunting since 1958, and in 1967 it was listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; it was added to the state's endangered species list in 1973. The Florida panther is known to live for about 12 years, though there was one panther that was reported to have lived for about 20 years, though this was in captivity. Most panthers do not die from old age, instead they usually die from fights with other panthers or even injuries that they acquire while hunting.

Everglades National Park is a national park in the U.S. state of Florida that protects the southern 25 percent of the original Everglades. It is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, and is visited by one million people each year.[1] It is the third-largest national park in the lower 48 states after Death Valley National Park and Yellowstone National Park.



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