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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 80,209
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 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
Sep 20, 2014 Glenn Scroop
Sep 20, 2014 Stacie Miller
Sep 20, 2014 Debbie Whinnery I love them all!!
Sep 20, 2014 Diane Laudadio Animals have as much right to live on this earth as humans. Protect habitats.
Sep 20, 2014 Dana Wilson
Sep 20, 2014 Dirk Van Tilborg
Sep 20, 2014 Anna Hueben Please help to save this amazing animals
Sep 20, 2014 Denise Potter
Sep 20, 2014 Erin Jones
Sep 20, 2014 nicole cesari
Sep 20, 2014 JOAN AUTRY
Sep 20, 2014 Gail Henning For years I have been pushing to see to it that the Florida panther is given a chance to survive. I pray you will move to see that they are.
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Ursula Dorsch
Sep 20, 2014 Cheryl Cash Please save the panthers they are beautiful and deserve a forever home. Shut down the buying of their land...You did it to the Indians now you're doing it to the animals. Quit..
Sep 20, 2014 Jo-Anne Chevrier Please, let the panthers live in peace.
Sep 20, 2014 eline Evers
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Certain habitats should be left alone to be reclaimed by nature. I marvel at nature in other parts of the world, let the world come and marvel at what is here in our glorious country too.
Sep 20, 2014 ALISON JOHNSTON Please stop this before it is too late - we are destroying our planet and our beloved animals are paying the price for our greed. These beautiful majestic innocent creatures must not be lost forever - act whilst we can.
Sep 20, 2014 Christine Eckerson
Sep 20, 2014 David Tripp
Sep 20, 2014 Stacy Gage We need every animal no matter what size, stop the useless killing!!!!
Sep 20, 2014 Rebecca Kahn

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