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Food Habits of Panthers in Southwest Florida

David S. Maehr, Robert C. Belden, E. Darrell Land and Laurie Wilkins
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul., 1990), pp. 420-423
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3809651
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3809651
Page Count: 4
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Food Habits of Panthers in Southwest Florida
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Abstract

We examined the diet of Florida panthers (Felis concolor coryi) in southwest Florida from 1977 through 1989. Frequency of occurrence in 270 scats indicated wild hog (Sus scrofa) was the most common prey followed by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), raccon (Procyon lotor), and 9-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus). No seasonal variation in diet was found; however, panthers inhabiting an area of better soils consumed more large prey.

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