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Goal: 125,000 Progress: 86,764
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.

Petition Signatures

Dec 19, 2014 Prudencio Vallejo
Dec 19, 2014 Rosie Adams Please protect the dismal remains of your beautiful panther population by altering the infrastructure to protect it from further highway decimation. Eco-bridging + saving of sufficient contiguous habitat to ensure it's survival is vital for the gene pool.
Dec 18, 2014 violet silvas
Dec 18, 2014 Madeline Warren
Dec 18, 2014 jodi desharnais
Dec 18, 2014 emanuela truzzi
Dec 18, 2014 Virginie Seltrecht
Dec 18, 2014 Margo Weaver
Dec 18, 2014 Paschalia Keskinidou
Dec 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 shannon williams
Dec 17, 2014 Alexander Yeung Give these Florida panthers a free to roam and it's population to recover.
Dec 17, 2014 Jeremy Ezerzer
Dec 17, 2014 Lena Dimopoulos
Dec 17, 2014 Sharrah Marielle Cosas
Dec 17, 2014 Mark Calise
Dec 17, 2014 Jonathan Chanez Garcia
Dec 17, 2014 Mary Dudley
Dec 17, 2014 Carolyn Stewart Save them
Dec 17, 2014 Len Couture
Dec 17, 2014 Melinda Wright
Dec 17, 2014 Lina Cezner
Dec 17, 2014 Linda Sear
Dec 16, 2014 Deanna Gentle
Dec 16, 2014 surya rajesh
Dec 16, 2014 Brianna Onken
Dec 16, 2014 Hazel Ayson Once these creatures are gone, they are gone for good. This area is their home as well. Please do the right thing.
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2014 Lyudmyla Andrukhova
Dec 16, 2014 Jim Page
Dec 15, 2014 (Name not displayed) Man should be the guardians of all animals, not just hunters and destroyer's Please help save the beautiful creatures. .
Dec 15, 2014 dreamer cloudwatcher
Dec 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2014 Gwen Neal
Dec 15, 2014 tamara michalas
Dec 15, 2014 sam carbone
Dec 15, 2014 Evelyn Reynolds
Dec 15, 2014 Alexander Sidorenko
Dec 15, 2014 mrs Shirley Fox
Dec 15, 2014 Dillon Woodrum
Dec 15, 2014 tamara long
Dec 15, 2014 April Foxwell
Dec 15, 2014 Cheryl Page
Dec 15, 2014 Linda Shaw
Dec 15, 2014 Mara Koorse Will asking the Department of the Interior to do anything on behalf of animals in this country do any good? I can only say this is how the President regards animals....and he appointed Sally Jewell to do his dirty work. WE MUST STOP THEM BY PROTEST!
Dec 15, 2014 dan obannon
Dec 15, 2014 Aileen Gregg
Dec 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2014 H.K. Peters, Jr.
Dec 15, 2014 María Pilar Pertusa Remiro

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