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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 70,224
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 12, 2014 Fiona Wright You are so lucky to have wild panthers - but they need protection and particularly of their environment. They need to roam and need protection for this.
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 Isis Johnson-Brown
Jul 11, 2014 Chris Martín
Jul 11, 2014 Maria R Furbelli
Jul 11, 2014 Natalia Bagashvili
Jul 11, 2014 Kelly Tadlock
Jul 11, 2014 Penelope Cruise
Jul 11, 2014 bev dietsch
Jul 11, 2014 katharine ffoulkes Pleasee allow panthers the freedom to thrive
Jul 11, 2014 Annita Oxford
Jul 11, 2014 Bernard Verhaegen
Jul 11, 2014 Crystal Burrow
Jul 11, 2014 Yana Burcl
Jul 10, 2014 Brittani peacock
Jul 10, 2014 Citlali Real
Jul 10, 2014 Sarah Wicks
Jul 10, 2014 Travi Cole Help them out!
Jul 10, 2014 Adelinda Moran
Jul 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 10, 2014 Annie Prosser
Jul 10, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please provide protection for these cats!
Jul 9, 2014 Annette Osterlund
Jul 9, 2014 Tracey Cheney
Jul 9, 2014 Jala Dhari
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 Laura Hogg
Jul 9, 2014 Ashleigh Ahrens
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is a worthy cause. They need our help.
Jul 9, 2014 ANNA CLIFTON
Jul 9, 2014 Roberta Beaucage
Jul 9, 2014 Joan Yates
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 Celine J
Jul 9, 2014 Heidi Mount
Jul 9, 2014 Dorothy Johnson
Jul 9, 2014 Sheryl Conerly
Jul 9, 2014 Ceara Navarro
Jul 9, 2014 Rich Ryan
Jul 9, 2014 Mary Cox Save the Panthers.
Jul 9, 2014 Jennifer Birks Please preserve the beautiful panthers
Jul 9, 2014 myriam boulay
Jul 9, 2014 Peggy Chew
Jul 9, 2014 cindy biadatz-breeden
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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