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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 80,154
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


Sep 20, 2014 Robin Carr
Sep 20, 2014 Paula Stephenson
Sep 20, 2014 Bev Lewis
Sep 20, 2014 Elaine Tait
Sep 20, 2014 esther douglas
Sep 20, 2014 Simon Davies
Sep 20, 2014 Henrietta Nováki
Sep 20, 2014 Patricia Tonsuso
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Sep 20, 2014 Marina Micho
Sep 19, 2014 Greatest Ever
Sep 19, 2014 Elizabeth Manning
Sep 19, 2014 Nicole O'Brien
Sep 19, 2014 Rose Waite
Sep 19, 2014 Vicki Rose
Sep 19, 2014 Natasha Schloss
Sep 19, 2014 Cheryl Sarno save the panthers
Sep 19, 2014 Lorri Floyd
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) I live in Florida and we have to protect them. I saw one in a cage in a tourist attraction, called Indian Village in Hollywood Fl. Very upsetting to see a Panther in cage. How could this be allowed ? Please do what you can to help them.
Sep 19, 2014 lisa kubiak
Sep 19, 2014 Diane Stevenson
Sep 19, 2014 Ellysian Paredes
Sep 19, 2014 Teresa Foy
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) Let's leave a legacy to our grandchildren that would makes us proud.
Sep 19, 2014 Gail Blayney
Sep 19, 2014 Dana Messer
Sep 19, 2014 florencia gonzalez
Sep 19, 2014 Dennis Knight Life offers all creatures big and small
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Sep 19, 2014 Teresa Tyler
Sep 19, 2014 Marjorie Schimmel save the jaguars and all wildlife
Sep 19, 2014 Suzanne Williams PLEASE DO NOT LET THESE MAGNIFICANT BLACK CATS BECOME EXTINCT.
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) These are my favorite of the big cats. We gotta save them!
Sep 19, 2014 Sharon Wyman
Sep 19, 2014 jennifer williams
Sep 19, 2014 MaryAnn Zorovich-Salonia
Sep 19, 2014 MONINO Marie
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Sep 19, 2014 john kilroy
Sep 19, 2014 Phyllis Hunt As humans we control so much. Why can't we allow these panthers to live by controlling their habitat and public conservation lands?
Sep 19, 2014 Lynn Rodden
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Sep 19, 2014 alice kinzer
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