Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, FL
Dec. 13, 2009
This handsome guy's nickname was "Don Juan". He had been removed from the wild because he had fathered too many cubs, scientists needed to remove him from the gene pool. He shared his enclosure with a female cougar, but they had to stay apart. She had been a "pet", her ignorant owners had her de-clawed, so she is unable to defend herself.
When we drove down Hwy. 29 to the Big Cypress Preserve we passed "Panther Crossing" signs. The last stand for these magnificent creatures is in the Fakahatchee Strand and the Big Cypress Preserve. They are on the endangered species list due to habitat loss.