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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 77,557
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 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2014 andrea holden
Jul 29, 2014 robert cotter
Jul 29, 2014 Dr. M Vries Give panthers their space!
Jul 29, 2014 Cllr Jackie Nelson
Jul 29, 2014 Ani Angelova
Jul 29, 2014 Bo Rutjes
Jul 29, 2014 nicole hammar
Jul 29, 2014 Laura Hannant
Jul 29, 2014 Andreas Bräuning
Jul 29, 2014 j f
Jul 28, 2014 Kenlyn Knop
Jul 28, 2014 Ann Larcombe
Jul 28, 2014 Chris Lake
Jul 28, 2014 Leslie Rich
Jul 28, 2014 Mallory Draper
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Tatiane Dallavale
Jul 28, 2014 Dana Radell
Jul 28, 2014 Lania Marta
Jul 28, 2014 anna elisa chiesa
Jul 28, 2014 Joanna Challacombe
Jul 28, 2014 Monica Karasek
Jul 28, 2014 Jeanne Silver
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 peg heidel
Jul 28, 2014 Fredericka Renshaw YOU must save this species of cats-- once gone there is no more -- they have a right to be there
Jul 28, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 28, 2014 Lydie Girard Pour le Respect de l'Animal !
Jul 28, 2014 Tina Schmutz
Jul 28, 2014 Allison Jones
Jul 28, 2014 Lois VanEnglehoven
Jul 28, 2014 Tamara Halvorson
Jul 28, 2014 Susan Sage Please stop the destruction now, there has already been too much. Leave these beautiful animals in their natural habitat to live their lives. They are not here for you to exploit and destroy. Where are the animal environmental studies to prevent this
Jul 28, 2014 Martina Gubler
Jul 28, 2014 katia petridis
Jul 28, 2014 Lacey Velvet
Jul 28, 2014 Brenda Flores
Jul 28, 2014 Maureen McCullough
Jul 28, 2014 Marc Van Overstraeten
Jul 28, 2014 federica grassi
Jul 28, 2014 Francesca A-S
Jul 28, 2014 Laetitia Amadei
Jul 28, 2014 laura lanzi
Jul 28, 2014 DEANA DAVIS
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Richard A Perilli
Jul 28, 2014 Nevis Smith
Jul 28, 2014 kay tunney
Jul 28, 2014 bernadette gustin

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