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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 77,300
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 24, 2014 Jessica Stevens
Jul 24, 2014 sugita wahl Conserve your precious wild places.
Jul 24, 2014 Nadine Wolff
Jul 24, 2014 Beverly Hughes
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please protect the habitat of the panther. They are relying on us.
Jul 24, 2014 kate noll
Jul 24, 2014 D.J. Schlosser
Jul 24, 2014 Pam Dinucci
Jul 24, 2014 Marcello Corazza
Jul 24, 2014 Christina Weppner
Jul 24, 2014 Tirza Arnon
Jul 24, 2014 Andrew Parnassa
Jul 24, 2014 laura cutler We need to preserve our native wild life, not end it.
Jul 24, 2014 meahni pieterse
Jul 24, 2014 Kevin Lyerla
Jul 24, 2014 Heidi Valentine
Jul 24, 2014 Anna Battaglia
Jul 24, 2014 Anja Möller
Jul 24, 2014 Gino Tarabotto
Jul 24, 2014 Christine Müller
Jul 24, 2014 Lo Ceretti
Jul 24, 2014 tati g
Jul 24, 2014 Janie Wermter
Jul 23, 2014 Sally Wurster
Jul 23, 2014 valua aframchuk
Jul 23, 2014 Mary Lou Javellana
Jul 23, 2014 Katie Knoll I know that I do not hear about big cats "state" side too often anymore and I have come to learn that it is because "we" have come so close to wiping them out but we can change that today so if you have a heart and any means to help then please do so.
Jul 23, 2014 Sabrina Catocci
Jul 23, 2014 Allan Brito
Jul 23, 2014 alyssa hall
Jul 23, 2014 alexis maldonado
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2014 Linda Barger
Jul 23, 2014 Heidi Bloomer
Jul 23, 2014 Robbin Dunn
Jul 23, 2014 Stacy Luoma
Jul 23, 2014 Jamie Lee Brennan
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2014 Paula Goff
Jul 23, 2014 Diana Grove wild Florida is so important to the continued allure of our state, please protect these wonderful creatures..it is our duty to keep the land available for more than humans.
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2014 Yvette Meraz
Jul 23, 2014 Katie W
Jul 23, 2014 Paula Steiner Build more bridges, more tunnels. And set aside more wilderness. Is another subdivision really worth the loss of these beautiful cats?
Jul 23, 2014 Jeanene denlinger
Jul 23, 2014 Janna Guyton
Jul 23, 2014 Suzette Brooks
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2014 Kathy Rhodes

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