It has been difficult, however, to build a case for wild Puma concolor
, as skeptics have believed that any confirmed sightings were of former captive animals (Rusz 2001, pers.
2008), bobcat Lynx rufus, and cougar Puma concolor
Rather, Lotz is monitoring the population of one of the most endangered species (group of organisms in danger of dying out) in the United States--the Florida panther, or Puma concolor
coryi (POO-muh kuhn-KUH-lur COR-ee-eye).
Carnivore Species Scientific Name CITES Listing Canidae bush dog Speothos venaticus Appendix I maned wolf Chrysocyon brachyurus Appendix II pampas fox Pseudalopex gymnocercus Appendix II Mustelidae long-tailed otter Lontra longicaudus Appendix I giant otter Pteronura brasiliensis Appendix I Felidae jaguar Panthera onca Appendix I puma Puma concolor
Appendix II ocelot Leopardus pardalis Appendix I margay Leopardus wiedii Appendix I oncilla Leopardus tigrina Appendix I jaguarundi Herpailurus vagouaroundi Appendix II Geoffroy's cat Oncifelis geoffroyi Appendix I pampas cat Oncifelis colocolo Appendix II Table 2.
Thus, probably 22 to 25 intercross cats exist presently within a total population of about 70 Puma concolor
By 1900, only a few individuals of Puma concolor
and Canis lupus hung on in remote ecologically distinct forested "island" habitats.