The number of people on the planet Earth is constantly increasing, but many animal species are gradually dying out. At the moment in the red book there are about 90 thousand animals, plants and fungi on the verge of extinction. Besides them, scholars have identified nearly 600 species of endangered animals that are not yet listed in the book. One of the rare predators is the so-called Florida Panther, the population of which is declining due to hunting and deforestation. More recently, these animals began to die for unknown reasons, they suddenly denied their feet, and they can’t walk.
About 50 years ago the Panthers lived in a quite large area of the United States, but now his representatives can be found only in the South American state of Florida. To recognize these wild cats can be yellow-brown fur, black marks on the tail and the ears, and rounded ears. They usually live in swampy areas and thick forests, as hunting for small animals like rabbits and mice and deer and alligators.
Why are wild cats endangered?
People have noticed a reduction in the number of Florida Panthers in the mid-twentieth century. To save them, in 1958, local authorities had to prohibit hunting them down. Nearly ten years later, in 1967, the predator was added to the Red book of the United States and is recognized as being on the verge of extinction species of animals. In 1995, scientists have tried to increase the population by releasing males to several females. The attempt was successful — at the moment there are about 230 species of Florida Panther.
Unfortunately, recently, the Panthers again started to die out. The researchers noticed that at least 10 species of predatory cats have problems with walking. For unknown at the moment reasons the Panthers are losing control of their rear legs and later die. This can occur for different reasons ranging from contamination with dangerous infection and ending with the poisoning of any substance.
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Toxic algae can kill animals
The Panthers can really get sick with infectious diseases. For example, they can catch the virus from his victim like a small rat. Also there is a chance that they drink contaminated water. After all, you may remember our news that the US has recently killed several dogs just after a swim in lake water? It turned out that it was the outgrowth of poisonous algae, which is essentially microscopic creatures, cyanobacteria. It may well be that the dangerous algae began to kill and wild cats.
Also there is a possibility that the Panthers began to lose control of his legs due to exposure to rat poison. Florida residents often harmful poisoned rodents that die not at once after entering of the poison in the body. They are able to overcome quite a long distance and die in the woods, attracting the attention of hungry Panthers. After eating the victim, the Panther could poison the poison and die.
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As you can see, the causes of high mortality of Florida Panthers, and a lot of scholar it is quite difficult to give a definite answer. But which version do you personally adhere to? Feel free to write in comments.