By 1990s, the endangered Florida panther – a flagship species and one of the last remaining symbols of wilderness in Florida - was in serious trouble. There were fewer than 30 panthers remaining in the wild. The population suffered from several biomedical and morphological abnormalities, including low genetic diversity, heart defects, reproductive dysfunctions and kinked tails. Many of these problems were thought to be indicative of inbreeding, and conservation biologists recommended genetic restoration. This recommendation was controversial but was ultimately implemented after careful planning.