Why did the Florida panther almost disappear?
Loss of habitat
Sooo True.. and add to that, lack of food due to restrictions of hunting territory and they had to have problems finding mates in or near their marked territory. This would have forced them out of their area looking for a mate and food, which was very dangerous. All these things had to slowly narrow their choices, to the point of leaving no choice. Without help they just didn't have enough room to live.
Donate to the Florida Panther Recovery Fund, or Florida Fish and Game. Happily, the Florida panther (or puma, more correctly) is on the comeback trail, with over 80 in the wild today. The Florida race was down to 30 animals or so, when the biologists released 8 female Texas cougars, a very closely related race. The project thus far has been successful, and the inbreeding problems are beginning to disappear.