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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 78,779
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


Aug 23, 2014 Linda Hedio please save panther habitat
Aug 23, 2014 Teresa Evans
Aug 23, 2014 Marie-Hélène Thiry
Aug 22, 2014 Nelida Ibáñez
Aug 22, 2014 Holly Kasten
Aug 22, 2014 Patricia Gallagher Only 160 left, that sounds very disturbing. I don't think they have long to live. Too sad.
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2014 Carla Franklin
Aug 22, 2014 Kim Foster
Aug 22, 2014 steve laine
Aug 22, 2014 GLORIA BEAIRD
Aug 22, 2014 Jutta Walsh
Aug 22, 2014 Karen Dougherty
Aug 21, 2014 Nikki Stoltenberg
Aug 21, 2014 Indira Valdes
Aug 21, 2014 Angela Kohn
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Aug 21, 2014 Ida Fedik
Aug 21, 2014 Emma Spires
Aug 21, 2014 Mary Ludwick
Aug 21, 2014 Judy Beda
Aug 21, 2014 James Seramba
Aug 21, 2014 (Name not displayed) Save the Florida panthers & their habitat
Aug 21, 2014 Sharon Schreckengost
Aug 21, 2014 Tammy Engelbach
Aug 21, 2014 Jennifer Quick
Aug 20, 2014 Leah Clerc
Aug 20, 2014 Maria Arranz
Aug 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2014 ALAN WOOL
Aug 20, 2014 Soraya Huertas They deserve a chance!
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Aug 20, 2014 tonya jones
Aug 20, 2014 Rita Castillo
Aug 20, 2014 Chelsea Mooney
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Aug 20, 2014 Cory Culp
Aug 20, 2014 Barbara Wojciak
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Aug 20, 2014 Bobbie Beall
Aug 20, 2014 Kelly Allman
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Aug 20, 2014 Sarah Beardsley
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Aug 20, 2014 Char Cook
Aug 20, 2014 Brandi Boyington
Aug 20, 2014 Jayne Bronikowski They were here first
Aug 20, 2014 Belinda Thibodeaux
Aug 20, 2014 Shelly Herren

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