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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 80,232
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 23, 2014 Lynn Khalil
Sep 23, 2014 Roger Wisinski
Sep 23, 2014 Robin Huff Some remaining portion of their area--protected from road traffic, must be set aside for these animals before it is too late.
Sep 23, 2014 Erin Sackmann
Sep 23, 2014 sheila stutz
Sep 23, 2014 KRISTEN EWAN
Sep 23, 2014 PAPADOPOULOU MADA
Sep 22, 2014 Giulia Francisconi
Sep 22, 2014 sky potor
Sep 22, 2014 Michaelann Dahlman
Sep 22, 2014 Allison Myers
Sep 22, 2014 Mary Downing
Sep 22, 2014 Lori Guillard
Sep 22, 2014 Daniela Fraser
Sep 22, 2014 Donna Erie If we keep encroaching on our animals we will have nothing left. Please protect the habitat and the animals.
Sep 22, 2014 Claudia Petrilli
Sep 22, 2014 Peggy Wildsmith
Sep 22, 2014 Lenka Mašková
Sep 22, 2014 Vicky Murdach
Sep 22, 2014 Emory Ellis
Sep 22, 2014 K Harde
Sep 22, 2014 Nancy Rittenhouse
Sep 22, 2014 tori izaguirre
Sep 22, 2014 Sieglinda Du Preez
Sep 21, 2014 Digvijay Sharma
Sep 21, 2014 Roxanne Kielpikowski
Sep 21, 2014 Gavin Keachie
Sep 21, 2014 donna bonazza
Sep 21, 2014 JACQUELINE CLOUS
Sep 21, 2014 debbie cat
Sep 21, 2014 Danae Michael The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has no teeth to tackle the problem; nor does the Dept.of the Interior. I am requesting that we stand up for wildlife.It takes a real effort to avoid the fragmentation of habitat! Take the challenge...
Sep 21, 2014 Carol Bogerd
Sep 21, 2014 Suzanne Becker
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2014 Genette Woods
Sep 21, 2014 Jacky Westoby Give these beautifull animals some space to exist!-we are supposed to share the planet, not take everything for ourselves.
Sep 21, 2014 Leopold Marek
Sep 21, 2014 Sharon McKee
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2014 Darilynn McCoy
Sep 21, 2014 marjan shokri
Sep 21, 2014 anne roberts
Sep 21, 2014 Peter Ozzimo Jr
Sep 21, 2014 Melinda Belfield
Sep 21, 2014 Cherryl Gibson
Sep 20, 2014 Yvette Dominguez
Sep 20, 2014 Paula Shannon
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) please save the Florida Panther. don't wear fur. no to the killing of Florida Panthers. please take the time and look and drive carefully as to not kill any panthers.
Sep 20, 2014 Sylvia Van Hoy
Sep 20, 2014 Diana Nicolas

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