The greatest threat to Florida panthers is habitat loss. Highways and development are increasingly fragmenting Florida. With new developments, including needless toll roads crossing the state, Florida panthers are at a greater chance of being hit by cars — their leading cause of death. By protecting Florida's vast interior rural landscape from development, creating wildlife corridors to connect conservation areas and diverting panthers away from roads, we can give the big cat a protected home and safe paths to travel.
The commendable work by the Florida Wildlife Corridor to protect the panther by establishing a connected wildlife corridor can be seen in the map below. The corridor would be a lifeline not only for roaming panthers, but for the Florida black bear and many other species.