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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 82,089
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

Oct 20, 2014 zi ca
Oct 20, 2014 Regina Armes
Oct 20, 2014 Jean Iannotti
Oct 20, 2014 John Cenc
Oct 20, 2014 Linda Temple such beautiful animals, too many are killed by cars. We definitely need more land for them to roam safely.
Oct 20, 2014 Vickie Dysard
Oct 20, 2014 Ann Dewanckel
Oct 20, 2014 Marie Cody
Oct 20, 2014 Linda Francescangeli Please don't mess with habitat anymore, haven't humans done enough destruction? What if it were your home they were destroying? Thanks, Linda
Oct 20, 2014 karen watton
Oct 20, 2014 Kimberly Alameda
Oct 20, 2014 joan aquilina
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Oct 20, 2014 colette chevalier
Oct 20, 2014 lurdes santos
Oct 20, 2014 Fattaneh Farahi
Oct 20, 2014 Frank Schiffl
Oct 20, 2014 Donna Ford
Oct 20, 2014 May Løvseth
Oct 20, 2014 Christina Funk
Oct 20, 2014 Barbara Tapia
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Oct 20, 2014 Robert Barnett
Oct 20, 2014 Marie Van Patten
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Jade Coyote
Oct 20, 2014 Marilyn Horne
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Clemen Devar
Oct 20, 2014 Ania Bilchuk
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Marie Nourse
Oct 20, 2014 Kirsten Albrecht-Carrie
Oct 20, 2014 joelle barrrier
Oct 20, 2014 Anna Nutt
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please work to help keep these panthers alive and well by securing safe refuges for them away from the ever increasing busy highways and travel corridors and people. They deserve a safe place to live just like we do!
Oct 20, 2014 Christine Morrow Please set aside land to give Pathers a chance!
Oct 20, 2014 Lisa Hasler
Oct 20, 2014 Gretchen Wilhelm
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Gladys Hollis
Oct 20, 2014 Jen Davis
Oct 20, 2014 Carol Bachman
Oct 20, 2014 Doris Donaldson
Oct 20, 2014 Britney Bergum
Oct 20, 2014 Georgette Lebel

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