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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 82,979
Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife

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.

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Nov 27, 2014 Kim Guysick
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Nov 26, 2014 Mimi Whalen DO THE RIGHT THING. "Always let your conscience be your guide." - Jiminy Cricket
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Nov 25, 2014 CHARLES PETERSON
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Nov 25, 2014 zach nesmith
Nov 25, 2014 bj ross " ... all of the natural world has a right to existence and we are only a small part of it." John Trudell <3
Nov 25, 2014 Andrew Serrin
Nov 25, 2014 Daisy Quintero
Nov 25, 2014 Karen Wells
Nov 25, 2014 Laura Genes
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Nov 25, 2014 Jo Anna Williamson
Nov 25, 2014 Ines Widmann
Nov 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please, please do something to protect the Florida panther.
Nov 25, 2014 Edna Norman I live in and am a Native Floridian..we adore the panthers and are fortunate enough to observe some on game cameras on our property..PLEASE help!
Nov 25, 2014 Wendy Spencer
Nov 25, 2014 ruth hingston
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Nov 25, 2014 Bindu Kumar
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Nov 25, 2014 anthony symmons
Nov 25, 2014 Brenda Hixenbaugh Yes, please make a secured habitat for these and other wild creatures, to protect them from the worlds worst and most viscous predator, man.There are too many slaughterers,thank God there are those trying to save.
Nov 25, 2014 steven johnson

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