November 1994, Retrieval of T-33 in Osceola
National Forest. 155 lb. captive bred Texas cougar used in Florida
Panther Reintroduction Feasibility Study. Photo by S. Williams
|9 year-old in the Big Cypress area. Photo by W.
|Captive Bred Florida panther of Piper stock; "Bart", Photo
courtesy of Wildlife Encounters, Gainesville, Fl.|
|9 year-old panther male (#17) taken in the Big Cypress area
on 1/20/87. Weighed 142 lbs. and inhabited ranch land in norther Collier
and southern Hendry counties. He was a resident (dominant) male that had
a large home range. He weighed 154 lbs. on 1/26/89 when he was
recaptured to change his collar. He died on 7/20/90 of unknown causes.
He was found on top of an active alligator den, but there was no
indication that the alligator had caused his death or fed on him. (Photo
by W. McCown)|
|Florida panther #19 in Big Cypress National
Preserve. #19 was born in May
1986 and her parents were #11(mother) and #12(father). She
was first captured and radio-collared at 9 months of age on
2/9/87 when she
weighed 49lbs. The photo was taken when she was 18 months old
and weighed 70lbs. To date, she is the youngest known female to
kittens. She produced her first litter at 22 months of age.
Because female offspring don't disperse far from their mother
#19 had her kittens and spent much of her early years within
her mother's home range. #19 is still alive and spends most of
these days in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.|
These Florida panther kittens were examined at 14 days of age in April,
1994 on private land just north of the Big Cypress
National Preserve in south Florida. They are offspring of Florida panther
#56, a female captured and radio-instrumented near this site
two months previous. A female panther will usually have her first litter
at 2 years of age or older. A litter may range in number from 1
to 4 and the kittens will remain with their mother for 12 to 18 months.
Important diseases believed to impact kitten survival include
Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) and the hookworm Ancylostoma
pluridentatum. Panthers that are captured during research activities are
routinely innoculated for FPV and treated for worms. Assessing maternal
productivity and kitten health is an important aspect of the
panther recovery project. Only one kitten from this litter (middle) is
known to have survived to adulthood.