Become a Florida Panther fanatic with
these fun facts:
- Panthers go by many other names including
mountain lion, fire cat, catamount, cougar, painter, puma and
klandagi, which means "lord
of the forest" in Cherokee.
- Florida Panthers can not roar,
but they can purr.
- They are known to make eerily humanlike screams
- More closely related to the common housecat than
the African Lion.
- The Florida Panther can swim across streams
- Florida panthers can leap more than 15 feet when
pouncing on their prey. There are no documented cases of attacks
on humans in Florida.
- They can run up to 35 mph, but only for
a few hundred yards.
- It is the official Florida state mammal.
- The word "cougar" is
from a South American Indian language and translates to "false
deer." The Indians chose this
name because the cougar can blend into the same habitat as its