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Goal: 125,000 Progress: 86,832
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

Dec 27, 2014 Deborah Hall
Dec 27, 2014 Susan Farquharson
Dec 27, 2014 Caroline Shahbazian
Dec 27, 2014 melinda dutcher
Dec 27, 2014 Jerome Vidy
Dec 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 26, 2014 Kellen Livingston
Dec 26, 2014 Cindy Gleason Please help protect the panthers before it is too late.
Dec 26, 2014 Manuela Masella
Dec 26, 2014 Judy Elsey
Dec 26, 2014 Darby Jensen
Dec 26, 2014 lorraine foster
Dec 26, 2014 Rachel Lopez
Dec 26, 2014 Adele Darr
Dec 26, 2014 Carol Goerke
Dec 26, 2014 Cadee Brown
Dec 26, 2014 Reg Honeyben
Dec 26, 2014 Richard Barker
Dec 26, 2014 Sue Williams
Dec 26, 2014 Marianne Panzanaro
Dec 26, 2014 Brittney Walters
Dec 25, 2014 Marguerite Strobel As the agency responsible for protecting wildlife, it is imperative that you to find a way to protect them and require that land be set aside for their habitat. Let's not have them bordering on extinction again which is where they were over 30 years ago.
Dec 25, 2014 Randee Schwartz-Locke We need to get this done - NOW - not only for the Florida Panther, but for ALL OTHER ENDANGERED SPECIES. Mankind does NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to destroy other species, esp. not for Greed & Avarice.
Dec 25, 2014 Alissa Kolb
Dec 24, 2014 Susan Brown
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Dec 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 24, 2014 Jürgen Breu
Dec 24, 2014 Joseph Tyrrell
Dec 24, 2014 Cassondra Macaulay
Dec 24, 2014 Nancy Madigan
Dec 24, 2014 lisa de leon
Dec 24, 2014 janine hofmann
Dec 24, 2014 Lukas Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Gabriel Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Gudrun Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Zachary Garcia
Dec 23, 2014 Roya gharavi
Dec 23, 2014 Patricia Ross
Dec 23, 2014 Skye Wills Every animal needs room to roam to live peacefully!!!!
Dec 23, 2014 Tristan Jacques
Dec 23, 2014 Cindy DiCarlo
Dec 22, 2014 Wendy Heiden
Dec 22, 2014 anne-marie roux
Dec 22, 2014 Ernie Walters
Dec 22, 2014 Caryl Johnson
Dec 22, 2014 Otaly Bianchi
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Dec 22, 2014 pat holbrook
Dec 22, 2014 Audrey Arbogast

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