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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 77,525
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

Jul 28, 2014 Susan Sage Please stop the destruction now, there has already been too much. Leave these beautiful animals in their natural habitat to live their lives. They are not here for you to exploit and destroy. Where are the animal environmental studies to prevent this
Jul 28, 2014 Martina Gubler
Jul 28, 2014 katia petridis
Jul 28, 2014 Lacey Velvet
Jul 28, 2014 Brenda Flores
Jul 28, 2014 Maureen McCullough
Jul 28, 2014 Cllr Jacqueline Nelson
Jul 28, 2014 Marc Van Overstraeten
Jul 28, 2014 federica grassi
Jul 28, 2014 Francesca A-S
Jul 28, 2014 Laetitia Amadei
Jul 28, 2014 laura lanzi
Jul 28, 2014 DEANA DAVIS
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Jul 28, 2014 Richard A Perilli
Jul 28, 2014 Nevis Smith
Jul 28, 2014 kay tunney
Jul 28, 2014 bernadette gustin
Jul 28, 2014 Shan Kar
Jul 28, 2014 Shanmuga Priyan
Jul 28, 2014 mariefrance martin
Jul 28, 2014 Anne Bond
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Melanie Barberio
Jul 27, 2014 Janet Reddick
Jul 27, 2014 Susanne Moelter Florida panthers are beautiful, graceful animals who deserve our help. Securing habitat and travel corridors for these magnificent creatures must become a priority. Building more subdivisions and industrial complexes will only serve to ensure their demise
Jul 27, 2014 Dayna Lamb
Jul 27, 2014 Wendy Olek
Jul 27, 2014 Gaby Nunes
Jul 27, 2014 Shantell Capone
Jul 27, 2014 Aylin Altinok
Jul 27, 2014 Flora Laralli
Jul 27, 2014 michèle jacot-descombes
Jul 27, 2014 Donna Savin
Jul 27, 2014 Michele Perroud
Jul 27, 2014 Carrie Peck
Jul 27, 2014 Joy Larsen
Jul 27, 2014 Hannah Yester Do it before it's too late!
Jul 27, 2014 Jocelyne FAROUAULT
Jul 27, 2014 Judy Mosher
Jul 27, 2014 florence letailleur
Jul 27, 2014 Dennis Wiebe
Jul 27, 2014 hakan alaboz
Jul 27, 2014 Vickie Wells
Jul 27, 2014 Nikki Lotfabadi
Jul 27, 2014 Shireen Bonegio Act now to save this precious creature - once lost they are gone forever - dont let them suffer the same fate as the Dodo. Extinction is a crime of humanity. Take the right steps before it is too late.
Jul 27, 2014 Annalisa Cichella
Jul 27, 2014 J. Egnor

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