Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther

Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther Book Summary

"Witty and passionate." --Lauren Groff

"Craig Pittman has a remarkable talent for telling stories set in the Sunshine State that never fail to fascinate and entertain."--Gilbert King

"The definitive book on one of America's least understood apex predators. The story of how Florida's panthers were saved from extinction is one that both deserves and needs to be told." --Dane Huckelbridge


It wasn't so long ago when a lot of people thought the Florida panther was extinct. They were very nearly right. That the panther still exists at all is a miracle--the result of a desperate experiment that led to the most remarkable comeback in the history of the Endangered Species Act. And no one has told the whole story--until now.

With novelistic detail and an eye for the absurd, Craig Pittman recounts the extraordinary story of the people who brought the panther back from the brink of extinction, the ones who nearly pushed the species over the edge, and the cats that were caught in the middle. This being Florida, there's more than a little weirdness, too.

An engrossing narrative of wry humor, sharp writing and exhaustive reportage, Cat Tale shows what it takes to bring one species back and what unexpected costs such a decision brings.

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  • Olive

    The below review originally appeared on Open Letters Review.Tales of extinction in the modern world are certainly not atypical, but it is rare for one to have a happy ending. An unlikely story of an a...

  • Craig Pittman

    I wrote it so of course I think it's the cat's pajamas -- so to speak. Meeeeeow!...

  • Mary

    When I was a little girl, they typically showed a short animated film as part of a movie. I remember a very clever one with the refrain, "Man, is it tough to be a bird!"It is not easy to be a panther ...

  • Steph Post

    Absolutely fascinating. As a non-fiction read, the subject itself is captivating, but told through hilarious- and ultimately humanistic- lens of best-seller Craig Pittman, the book truly strikes a cor...

  • Bonnye Reed

    I received a free electronic ARC of this excellent history of the Florida Panther from Netgalley, Craig Pittman, and Hanover Square Press. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read...

  • Janet

    When a super-speed reader doesn't have a car for a month due to a predatory car insurance industry, you can get a LOT of reading done!! I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book ...

  • Tiffany Martin

    I rarely read nonfiction books but had the opportunity to get an arc copy of this one and could not pass it up. First of all, I adore the mountain lion. It is my favorite breed of wildcat and this boo...

  • rebecca

    A brilliant, funny, weird, nail-biter. Pittman is an award-winning environmental reporter whose books about the political, social, and ecological struggles facing Florida wildlife never disappoint. A ...

  • Jessica

    ***I received a copy through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***As a Floridian, I was thrilled to dive into this book about one of Floridas most famous (but least visible)...

  • Helen

    I have followed the Florida panthers' fight for survival for many years through Craig Pittman's newspaper stories, but there was still so much in this book that I didn't know or didn't remember. It w...