In typical cat fashion this Florida Panther saw movement in the brush and his interest was peaked. Shortly after he ran into the brush and did not return.
The Florida panther is a subspecies of Puma concolor (also known as mountain lion, cougar, or puma) and represents the only known breeding population of puma in the eastern United States. In 1967, the Department of the Interior listed the Florida panther as an endangered subspecies. Since then, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has worked closely with the state of Florida, as well as other federal agencies and private partners to make significant progress towards achieving recovery.
Panthers require large, contiguous areas of suitable habitat to meet their social, reproductive, and energetic needs. Florida panthers are carnivores, which means they only eat meat. They primarily eat white-tailed deer and wild hogs, but smaller mammals such as raccoons, armadillos, and rabbits are also an important part of their diet. Panthers are opportunistic predators and unfortunately they will also prey upon unsecured livestock and pets. (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
This sighting occurred at the Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach, Florida.