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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 78,937
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

Sep 2, 2014 Juanita Knudsen
Sep 2, 2014 Jo a
Sep 2, 2014 Pip Muser
Sep 2, 2014 danielle pickul
Sep 2, 2014 Ewa Rogland
Sep 2, 2014 Donna Moore, DVM
Sep 2, 2014 margaret mcarthur
Sep 2, 2014 Nancy Glynn
Sep 2, 2014 ronald diodati
Sep 2, 2014 thomas and cynthia reilly
Sep 2, 2014 leslie diodati
Sep 2, 2014 Debbie Eubanks Please don't let these beautiful creatures become extinct! Save their habitat.
Sep 1, 2014 Brittany Paral
Sep 1, 2014 Mavis Fisher
Sep 1, 2014 Cathie Towell Help save them...
Sep 1, 2014 Mary Kearney
Sep 1, 2014 Donna Lampkin
Sep 1, 2014 Sarah Baker
Sep 1, 2014 shari ahlers
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 lyn walls
Sep 1, 2014 Vicki Baker Please, they deserve to live in peace with lot's of space..
Sep 1, 2014 Clara Jacobson We need wildlife and wildplaces. We DON'T need more housing developments and highways. Please protect the Florida panthers and their habitat, now.
Sep 1, 2014 Jane Redding
Sep 1, 2014 Marjorie Kessler
Sep 1, 2014 Joshua Blackfoot
Sep 1, 2014 Michelle Dungjen
Sep 1, 2014 Michele Caiazza
Sep 1, 2014 Mandeline York
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Cheryl Brannon Save the cats. DOT has enough money to put fences along the freeways.
Sep 1, 2014 Jennifer Baltuska
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed) The end to roam is part of their genetic heritage, enabling each to get a pith food without reducing the food supply of another.
Sep 1, 2014 Robert Brandum Please, try to save our own brand of Panther before America loses this feline treasure forever.
Sep 1, 2014 Wendy Stock
Aug 31, 2014 Traci Carpenter We need to start protecting all species in this world. It's a matter of respect for the our planet and all that survive here.
Aug 31, 2014 Queenie Win
Aug 31, 2014 Zena Zellers
Aug 31, 2014 judith king
Aug 31, 2014 Kimberly Smith
Aug 31, 2014 Lena Conklin
Aug 31, 2014 Dee Hemgren
Aug 31, 2014 Edward Driscoll
Aug 31, 2014 Daniele Giuliani
Aug 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2014 Jenny Miller
Aug 31, 2014 Gail Taylor
Aug 31, 2014 (Name not displayed) Less than 160 Florida panthers left? Please don't let another species go extinct.
Aug 31, 2014 Sujatha Reddy

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