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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

Florida panthers once prowled and flourished in America's southeastern woodlands and swamps, but today fewer than 160 of these majestic cats remain in a tiny remnant of their historic range. And that habitat is shrinking every day — gobbled up by subdivisions and commercial development.

We're in a race against time. As panther habitat becomes more and more fragmented, it will be increasingly difficult for these creatures to stay out of harm's way.

Please ask Secretary Jewell and Director Ashe to make protecting and recovering critically endangered Florida panthers a top priority!

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I am writing to urge you to take all necessary steps to conserve the critically endangered Florida panther. Specifically, we urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make securing habitat and travel corridors for the Florida panther one of its highest priorities.

With an estimated 100-160 remaining, the Florida panther is one of the most endangered mammals in the U.S. and we have a limited window of time to protect and restore undeveloped tracts of land and provide habitat linkages before they are lost.

Plans are in the works to build new subdivisions and industrial complexes and several new highways in the rural regions of the state. These highways would run through panther habitat and public conservation lands and lead to even more development and fragmentation.

Highway deaths are already the number one human cause of mortality for these endangered animals. Increasing fragmentation of panther's habitat would lead to even more deaths on roads. Last year, a record 19 panthers were struck and killed by motorists, more than in any other year. Scientists believe that loss of panthers on roads is preventing the cats from expanding their breeding range northward.

The FWS can make sure that enough contiguous habitat remains for these majestic cats to survive and return northward into their historic range. We urge you to make that a top priority in the coming year.

Thank you for your consideration.

Petition Signatures

Apr 16, 2014 Ola Almazova
Apr 16, 2014 carmen delgado
Apr 16, 2014 carla meneses
Apr 16, 2014 jonathan añino
Apr 16, 2014 maria meneses
Apr 16, 2014 Johanna de Bruin
Apr 15, 2014 Stephanie Johnson
Apr 15, 2014 Paula Baptista
Apr 15, 2014 natalie hughes
Apr 15, 2014 Brittini Rinehart
Apr 15, 2014 Robert Kime Please give them room to live.
Apr 15, 2014 Justine B
Apr 15, 2014 Debbie Coggins
Apr 15, 2014 heidi foraker
Apr 15, 2014 Suzanne Bryant
Apr 15, 2014 Diana Grant
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Apr 15, 2014 Maureen Jenkins
Apr 15, 2014 Sergio Fernandes
Apr 15, 2014 Kimberly McDonald
Apr 14, 2014 Roland Cavazos
Apr 14, 2014 Kimberly Farrington
Apr 14, 2014 Katie Martin
Apr 14, 2014 Elliot Ross
Apr 14, 2014 Christine Schroeder
Apr 14, 2014 Karina Ananias
Apr 14, 2014 Anna Binos
Apr 14, 2014 Caro Caro
Apr 14, 2014 marion Daniel
Apr 14, 2014 rachel christian
Apr 14, 2014 Heather Brownlee Please save these majestic panthers. Let's not become another Africa. Create an alternative habitat with more additional breeding range. Either reroute the roads or open specific areas where it impedes their movements.
Apr 14, 2014 Carmen Park
Apr 14, 2014 SANDRA VITO
Apr 14, 2014 LOUISE BOUIC
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Apr 14, 2014 Michael Mayes
Apr 14, 2014 zuzana marsalkova
Apr 14, 2014 Sherry Sotres
Apr 14, 2014 Dennis Armstrong
Apr 14, 2014 Svetlana Demireva
Apr 14, 2014 Chanelle Black
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Apr 14, 2014 Lisa Olivo
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Apr 14, 2014 vanessa auffret
Apr 14, 2014 Cristiane Lazzarini Cortez ʚïɞ ¡¡¡ No podemos exigir q ames a los animales pero si q los respetes ... Amooo ;-) Guauuu !!! ʚïɞ
Apr 13, 2014 Graziella Franda
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