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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 80,536
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 30, 2014 Carla Caston
Sep 30, 2014 Lorraine Pierre
Sep 30, 2014 Marie Pfefferová
Sep 30, 2014 Jeannie Rumple
Sep 30, 2014 Stefano Fuschetto
Sep 30, 2014 Maureen Brown
Sep 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 30, 2014 Carole Richmond
Sep 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 wendie jara
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 Angie Moore A native and beauitul animal such as the Florida panther should be protected and is part of the ecosystem and heritage of the State of Florida.
Sep 29, 2014 Alice Rosenfeld
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 vicki cilwa Please don't take away the remaining land of the Florida panthers. That are only 160 left; give them room in their habitat to procreate and have a safe haven. Thank you, Vicki Cilwa
Sep 29, 2014 Marco Aurélio T. Fernandes
Sep 29, 2014 L Jones
Sep 29, 2014 Gloria Chandler How many more "developments" does Florida have? How many panthers remain? Doesn't that tell you what's really needed now???
Sep 29, 2014 Tania Llewellyn
Sep 29, 2014 Samantha Rettig
Sep 29, 2014 Erin Gehrmann
Sep 29, 2014 Andrea Bruce
Sep 29, 2014 Julia Yadi
Sep 29, 2014 vanessa mangiarano
Sep 29, 2014 lione r worton
Sep 28, 2014 Erika Quintal
Sep 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) Help the endangered panther's.
Sep 28, 2014 Rebekah Higgins
Sep 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2014 Vicky Yang
Sep 28, 2014 Lea Barker
Sep 28, 2014 Betty Schultz
Sep 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2014 Eva Terry
Sep 28, 2014 Douglas Becker
Sep 28, 2014 Inga Amirkhanian
Sep 27, 2014 Donna Casas
Sep 27, 2014 June Carawan When will humans have enough. Give wildlife there space.
Sep 27, 2014 Beverly Garvey
Sep 27, 2014 paula lall
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) When the wildlife is gone, the people will follow.
Sep 27, 2014 julie kubica
Sep 27, 2014 William Cornette
Sep 27, 2014 Edith McKee
Sep 27, 2014 Manuela Sabin-Liñares Dajani
Sep 27, 2014 becky Gray
Sep 27, 2014 Griselda Durgampudi
Sep 27, 2014 Khusna Maulidia
Sep 27, 2014 Rev. Paula Hart
Sep 27, 2014 Jeanne Turpin

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