Florida has ever-fewer panthers, apparently. Population growth of people affecting habitat preferences is one part of the problem. The other is that of automobiles hitting panthers at night. Most reports I've read show that "Alligator Alley" has been the primary area for such deaths.
My wife has been snickered at for saying she's seen a couple of panthers in the general vicinity of Thomasville, Georgia. "Well, little lady, how could YOU know what a panther looks like?" "It looked just like the one we have draped over the back of the couch."
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