Florida Panther Exam 20 Questions to Test your

Florida Panther Exam 20 Questions to Test your

Florida Panther Exam 20 Questions to Test your Florida panther I.Q. Purr-fessor Lotz Mark Lotz, Panther Biologist Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commi

What color are Florida panthers? a) Black b) Pink c) Tan d) Plaid What color are Florida panthers? a) Black

b) Pink c) Tan d) Plaid Shades of tan NOT black Jaguars and leopards have black phases

Black cats commonly called panthers Where do Florida panthers range? a) Florida b) The Everglades and Big Cypress physiographic regions c) Less than 5% of its historic range

d) All of the above Where do Florida panthers range? a) Florida b) The Everglades and Big Cypress physiographic regions c) Less than 5% of its historic range d) All of the above

Breeding population in south FL No females north of river since 1972 Males in central FL, beyond Former Range

Current Range 2008 The Florida panther is most closely related to a) Mountain lions b) Cougars c) Pumas

d) None of the above The Florida panther is most closely related to a) Mountain lions b) Cougars c) Pumas d) None of the above

Panther, puma, cougar, mountain lion are all used to describe Puma concolor. The Florida panther is a subspecies of puma.

Puma concolor range How much do adult Florida panthers weigh? a) 25-45 pounds b) 55-150 pounds c) 175-250 pounds d) 300 pounds

How much do adult Florida panthers weigh? a) 25-45 pounds b) 55-150 pounds c) 175-250 pounds d) 300 pounds Males ~ 130 lbs

Females ~ 80 lbs Photo courtesy of Lee Reed Panthers live to be ______ years old in the wild. a) 5 b) 10 c) 18

d) 30 Panthers live to be ______ years old in the wild. a) 5 b) 10 c) 18 d) 30

Males ~ 10 years old Females ~ 15 years old Panthers preferred food items include a) Deer and hogs b) Armadillos and raccoons c) People

d) A and B Panthers preferred food items include a) Deer and hogs b) Armadillos and raccoons c) People d) A and B

Panthers are mainly solitary except during mating and when females are raising kittens. a) True b) False Panthers are mainly solitary except during mating and when females are raising kittens.

a) True b) False My high school has panther pride... but there is no such thing as a

pride of panthers. What time of year do Florida panthers breed? a) Summer b) Winter c) Spring d) Year round

What time of year do Florida panthers breed? a) Summer b) Winter c) Spring d) Year round Males

mature 3 yrs Females mature 1.5 yrs Gestation 3 mo Florida panthers give birth to how many kittens? a) 1-4 b) 2-3

c) 8 d) 6 Florida panthers give birth to how many kittens? a) 1-4 b) 2-3 c) 8 d) 6

Den in palmetto thickets Every 2 yrs Kittens disperse 9-18 mo

What habitat do Florida panthers use? a) Pine forests and hardwood hammocks b) Cypress swamps c) Back yards d) All of the above What habitat do Florida panthers

use? a) Pine forests and hardwood hammocks b) Cypress swamps c) Back yards d) All of the above Habitat generalists

A Florida panthers home range can be up to a) 2 sq mi. b) 20 sq. mi. c) 200 sq. mi. d) 2000 sq. mi. A Florida panthers home range can

be up to a) 2 sq mi. b) 20 sq. mi. c) 200 sq. mi. d) 2000 sq. mi. Males Defend territories

Encompass many females Females Dont defend Share with female offspring The Florida panther is a) Endangered

b) Threatened c) Species of special concern d) None of the above The Florida panther is a) Endangered b) Threatened c) Species of special concern d) None of the above

1950: Game species 1958: Listed endangered by FL 1967: Listed endangered by U.S. 1973: Protected under ESA

Current Population Range 100-180 Declined in 1900s 100 90 minimum # of panthers

80 70 May have been fewer than 20 60 50

40 30 10 0 1981 1982 1983 1984

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993

1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

Genetic restoration helped rebound 20 The biggest threat to the Florida panthers continued survival is a) Inbreeding

b) Cars c) Habitat loss and fragmentation d) Climate change The biggest threat to the Florida panthers continued survival is a) Inbreeding b) Cars c) Habitat loss and fragmentation

d) Climate change Wheres a panther to go? Because the Florida panther population is isolated, inbreeding has caused a) Kinked tails b) Cowlicks

c) Holes in the heart d) All this and more Because the Florida panther population is isolated, inbreeding has caused a) Kinked tails b) Cowlicks c) Holes in the heart

d) All this and more Genetic restoration was meant to a) Increase genetic variability b) Mimic historical gene flow c) Prevent extinction d) All of the above Genetic restoration was meant to

a) Increase genetic variability b) Mimic historical gene flow c) Prevent extinction d) All of the above 8 female Texas pumas released 1995 Closest

population that historically interbred Project successful! What plans are in place to manage humanpanther conflicts? a) Collier County Disaster Management Plan

b) Plan? What plan? c) People are allowed to do whatever they want to d) The Interagency Florida Panther Response Plan What plans are in place to manage humanpanther conflicts? a) Collier County Disaster Management Plan b) Plan? What plan?

c) People are allowed to do whatever they want to d) The Interagency Florida Panther Response Plan Human-Panther Interactions 1. Sighting 2. Encounter

3. Incident 4. Threat 5. Attack Depredations If you see a panther in the wild you should a) Enjoy the experience from a safe distance. b) Trip your hiking partner and run away as

fast as you can. c) Approach the panther so you can get a better picture d) Call 911 If you see a panther in the wild you should a) Enjoy the experience from a safe distance. b) Trip your hiking partner and run away as

fast as you can. c) Approach the panther so you can get a better picture d) Call 911 Presence does not constitute a threat Panthers should not be feared but caution

should be exercised as with any wild animal. Follow safety guidelines The best thing to do to protect your pets and hobby farm animals from a panther attack is to

a) Chain them up so the panther cant drag them away b) Use guard animals such as dogs or donkeys c) Keep them in a well lit area d) House them in a predator safe enclosure, especially at night when panthers are typically most active. The best thing to do to protect your pets and

hobby farm animals from a panther attack is to a) Chain them up so the panther cant drag them away b) Use guard animals such as dogs or donkeys c) Keep them in a well lit area d) House them in a predator safe enclosure, especially at night when panthers are typically most active.

It really is that simple. How are Florida panthers captured for study? a) Highly specialized proprietary techniques b) Ancient Chinese secret

c) Dogs, because everyone knows cats are afraid of dogs d) Traps baited with catnip How are Florida panthers captured for study? a) Highly specialized proprietary techniques b) Ancient Chinese secret

c) Dogs, because everyone knows cats are afraid of dogs d) Traps baited with catnip Dogs tree the panther and hold it there until our arrival

Florida panther research and management activities conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are funded by a) Grants

b) Viewers like you c) Taxes d) Sales of the Florida panther license plate Florida panther research and management activities conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are funded by

a) Grants b) Viewers like you c) Taxes d) Sales of the Florida panther license plate Florida Panther

Research and Management Trust Fund $25 extra, 85% goes into trust fund Program funded 100% through plate

sales Questions ? www.floridapanthernet.or g Mark Lotz

Hit by vehicle in Ft. Meade on 4/15/2014 during a lunar eclipse. FP232 The new FP62? Released on Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State

Park on 1/7/2015. Returned to Ft. Meade within a week then cut back across the state.

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