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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 82,372
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


Oct 30, 2014 Sophie Gr
Oct 30, 2014 Sachini Hulugalle
Oct 30, 2014 Grace Gorelick
Oct 30, 2014 fabienne roudaire
Oct 30, 2014 Allyson Downing We already have taken too much from animals natural habitats, please, the panther deserves to have a little of their natural land to continue to survive as nature intended. Shame on all of us if we could of done something but we 'chose' not to!
Oct 30, 2014 David Lewis Please, have a kind heart & do whatever is possible, in order to protect all forms of Wildlife. Our planet truly Does thrive, within the concepts of "Bio-diversity". Thank you, for your consideration. :-)
Oct 30, 2014 Laurie Grady
Oct 30, 2014 heidi rodriguez
Oct 30, 2014 fabrice piot
Oct 30, 2014 Barbara Glassman
Oct 29, 2014 Ellinor Ådén
Oct 29, 2014 Lindsay Radmilovich These beautiful cats deserve a habitat full of room to roam just like any other large animal
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Oct 29, 2014 Nanci Nelson
Oct 29, 2014 Diane Anderson
Oct 29, 2014 miriam corona
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Oct 29, 2014 Frank Kraus
Oct 29, 2014 Stacie Patterson
Oct 29, 2014 Miquel López López
Oct 29, 2014 Yvette Garcia
Oct 29, 2014 K Svensson
Oct 29, 2014 Mary Bonn
Oct 29, 2014 Morgan Waldroup
Oct 29, 2014 Erika Celorio Rosas
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Oct 29, 2014 Leslie Sebo
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Oct 29, 2014 Opium Field
Oct 29, 2014 autumn alexander
Oct 29, 2014 Kelly Deguzman
Oct 29, 2014 Gabriela Vera
Oct 29, 2014 Cathy Bleecker Please save the Florida Panther!
Oct 29, 2014 Janice Zeigler
Oct 29, 2014 Virpi M
Oct 29, 2014 Lynne Wain
Oct 29, 2014 Warren Saylor
Oct 29, 2014 theresa fernando
Oct 29, 2014 Mary Clark
Oct 29, 2014 Jacquies Sager Please protect them.
Oct 29, 2014 anne greenham
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Oct 29, 2014 Cathy Wagner
Oct 29, 2014 Michelle Mondragon
Oct 29, 2014 JEAN-JACQUES BOLDINI
Oct 29, 2014 robin hersh
Oct 29, 2014 Megan Tavenner
Oct 29, 2014 colby perry
Oct 29, 2014 Patricia Greig

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