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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 77,359
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 24, 2014 Debbie scharlott
Jul 24, 2014 Stephanie Wenrick
Jul 24, 2014 Amanda Beck
Jul 24, 2014 Wijtske Applegate
Jul 24, 2014 Christine Burk
Jul 24, 2014 Cheryl Kenney
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Jul 24, 2014 Julie Piechowski
Jul 24, 2014 Marion Hoessl
Jul 24, 2014 Shana Mokuau
Jul 24, 2014 Larissa Moga
Jul 24, 2014 Taylor Jones
Jul 24, 2014 Elaine Benedict
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) As in so many cases they have as much right as we do to have the homes they need.
Jul 24, 2014 Cara Rister
Jul 24, 2014 Susan Lake
Jul 24, 2014 Laurie Merline
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Jul 24, 2014 Jeanette Lambert
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Jul 24, 2014 Tracie Kunashko
Jul 24, 2014 guglielmo lanzilli
Jul 24, 2014 Carol Gibson-Kish
Jul 24, 2014 Laura Ward
Jul 24, 2014 marie copeland Please protect the Florida panthers remaining by securing their habitat and travel corridors so more are not killed by cars or displaced by encroaching subdivisions. Thank you for making this a priority!
Jul 24, 2014 Vivian Lara
Jul 24, 2014 Liel Thistle
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Jul 24, 2014 Margaret Chpagne Please do all you can to protect the Florida panthers.
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Jul 24, 2014 Donna tolzien
Jul 24, 2014 Cathie Hartshorn
Jul 24, 2014 debbie McIvor-Main
Jul 24, 2014 Ashley Mack
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Jul 24, 2014 Jennifer Hollis
Jul 24, 2014 Amanda Edwards
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Jul 24, 2014 Kasmira Tucker
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please help save a natural national treasure for the future generations of America. Thank you.
Jul 24, 2014 Lisa Joyce
Jul 24, 2014 carissa manzo
Jul 24, 2014 Brandi Binau
Jul 24, 2014 Diane Le Cavalier
Jul 24, 2014 Suzanne McNiece
Jul 24, 2014 Stephanie Mccann
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