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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

Apr 20, 2014 Tea O'Muley We should cherish and protect these beautiful creatures.
Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2014 jackie evans
Apr 20, 2014 Kathleen Jaissle
Apr 20, 2014 Charles Renfrow Make sure these beautiful animals have the room they need. We owe it to our children......
Apr 20, 2014 Lynn Freudenberg Build upwards not outwards, we are destroying the homes of our wildlife.
Apr 20, 2014 Kerri Barthelemy Don't let your panthers disappear
Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2014 Donna Jamison
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Apr 20, 2014 Shannon Bowers For our children's children
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Apr 20, 2014 Rebecca Cantrell
Apr 20, 2014 meaghan maggert
Apr 20, 2014 Barbara Garcia
Apr 20, 2014 Shawn Stoddard We cannot allow another beautiful creature meet the end of its species because of us. We need to preserve and protect these gorgeous cats from ourselves. Please stop destroying their habitat by building on the Everglades.
Apr 20, 2014 Terri McMahon
Apr 20, 2014 marianne domarad
Apr 20, 2014 Non Disponible
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Apr 20, 2014 Eva negron
Apr 20, 2014 Hildegard Lindstrom These magnificent creatures must be helped
Apr 20, 2014 JoAnne Clark
Apr 20, 2014 Stephanie Burns
Apr 20, 2014 sarah hampton How can we loose this beauty ? How important is the ever present bottom line ? $$$$$
Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
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Apr 20, 2014 helen salgado
Apr 20, 2014 laura casillas
Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Save our panthers!
Apr 20, 2014 Maria bongiovanni Please help
Apr 20, 2014 karla anderson
Apr 20, 2014 Mason Kreutz
Apr 20, 2014 Terri Henderson
Apr 20, 2014 Andrea Bosiger
Apr 20, 2014 Jody Draznin
Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please help increase their numbers. They should run free ..
Apr 20, 2014 Elise Hennig Protect these precious babies!!
Apr 20, 2014 Kim Grassman
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Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2014 Victor Hanley Please stop with I feel unnecessary building of houses ,stores apartments etc would rather see green space for these animals to live in
Apr 20, 2014 julie folwick
Apr 20, 2014 bernice sweeney
Apr 20, 2014 Robin Payne These cats are precious and necessary for keeping rodents in check.
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Apr 20, 2014 lisa greenlees

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