Big Cypress National Preserve Wildlife

The numbers and types of wildlife found in Big Cypress National Preserve reflect the diverse array of habitat types. With the mix of upland, wetland, and estuarine habitats, visitors are suprised to find black bears and manatees in the same vicinity. Numbers of individual animals remain unknown in many case as little information has been gathered and many species are difficult to count. Two of the more famous residents are the the Florida panther and the American alligator. The Florida Panther continues to hold its own due in some small part to the introduction of eight female Texas cougars. Road kill continues to be a factor. The American Alligator has come back from the endangered species list so effectively that it poses a hazard to visitors and others uninformed enough to feed them. Fed alligators tend to lose their natural fear of humans while associating them with food. Nuisance alligators must be dispatched since they will return if merely moved to another location.

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Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.
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The pika is a close relative of the rabbits and hares, with two upper incisors on each side of the jaw, one behind the other. Being rock-gray in color, pikas are seldom seen until their shrill, metallic call reveals their presence.