Environmental Impact

Florida Panther Environment Threatened By All Aboard Florida High Speed Trains

Florida is the only known breeding population of the Florida Panther, estimated at 100-160 adults and sub-adults in south Florida. Today the panther is recognized as Florida's official state animal,  but it is one the most endangered mammals on Earth. Each male panther needs an average of 200 square miles to survive. At the top of the food chain, these cats help keep feral hog numbers in check, and deer, raccoon and other prey populations balanced and healthy. Transportation projects continue to shrink panther habitat in south Florida, increasing the likelihood of encounters with humans and vehicles, and pitting panthers against one another in deadly territorial battles, keeping these wild cats stalking a fine line between extinction and survival. Imagine the impact of a 110 mph train 32 times day!
Fun Fact: While the Florida panther is large, it is more closely related to small cats, like lynx and housecats, than to other big cats like lions and tigers.