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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 77,909
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 31, 2014 Sharon Rodriguez
Jul 31, 2014 Tracy MacKenzie
Jul 31, 2014 Mary Christine Foley
Jul 31, 2014 Scott Bartlett
Jul 31, 2014 Marvin van Motman
Jul 31, 2014 Deborah Hunter
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed) Florida doesn't need more attractions or developments... Floridas appeal to me has ways been the wildlife the land and the ocean . Please protect these magnificent animals . Thank you .
Jul 31, 2014 John De La Torre
Jul 31, 2014 doc martens
Jul 31, 2014 amanda briggs
Jul 31, 2014 David Wallace
Jul 31, 2014 Stephanie Johnson
Jul 31, 2014 Aimee Schmitt
Jul 31, 2014 Hermann Matamala
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 Neil Ryding
Jul 31, 2014 Jill Quick All Gods creatures need a place to Live. Man has more living spaces than he needs but is greedy for more. Man can build upward, downward, and pull down the old to replace with the new. Animals don't have that choice.
Jul 31, 2014 Linda Dimmock
Jul 31, 2014 Joy Chambers
Jul 31, 2014 JoAnn Corbett
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 Beth Barnes Please; make this your priority so these beautiful cats can survive.
Jul 31, 2014 Dena Prescott Please give them the space they need to live.
Jul 31, 2014 Carl Morales
Jul 31, 2014 debbie Bevelaqua
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Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 Rhenda Price
Jul 31, 2014 Daphne Drennen
Jul 31, 2014 Barbara Randall
Jul 31, 2014 A Rice
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed) Panthers are quite cute and important animals to protect as they are unique!
Jul 31, 2014 Avantika Sen
Jul 31, 2014 Morgan Fredericks
Jul 31, 2014 Sallie Wood
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 gerard FABIANO
Jul 31, 2014 Maria Humphreys
Jul 31, 2014 Linda Abrams this is my favorite wild animal. how sad their #'s are so low. even sadder if we wipe them out. they were here first. Something must be done to turn this around. Please stop further destruction of their land
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 Patricia Gilpin
Jul 31, 2014 Annette Cayo Please help!!
Jul 31, 2014 Maria Dimitropoulou
Jul 31, 2014 Art Audley
Jul 31, 2014 Scott Willic
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 michael fitzpatrick

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