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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 78,834
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


Aug 29, 2014 Linda Cameron
Aug 29, 2014 Andrew Fisher
Aug 29, 2014 Brandon Pante
Aug 29, 2014 Mia Kendrick
Aug 29, 2014 Jayme Yang
Aug 29, 2014 jennifer mathis
Aug 29, 2014 Kim Taylor
Aug 29, 2014 michael lubka
Aug 28, 2014 Kim Neff
Aug 28, 2014 Michelle Rosen
Aug 28, 2014 Gill Turner
Aug 28, 2014 Erin Glenning
Aug 28, 2014 AMANDA LANE
Aug 28, 2014 Paula Warwicker
Aug 27, 2014 Penelope Harris
Aug 27, 2014 Jim Faulks
Aug 27, 2014 Kenzie Wolff
Aug 27, 2014 Tony Gittins We cannot keep driving species to extinction just so we can have more roads, and encroach further into new areas!
Aug 27, 2014 Renate Gärtner
Aug 27, 2014 Paula Pine
Aug 27, 2014 Sylvia Bowman Panthers deserve to have space to roam as nature intended them to do!!
Aug 27, 2014 Marie Davis
Aug 27, 2014 Lucia Baker
Aug 26, 2014 Jessica Johnson-Chavez Please help save one of our beautiful natural species and let them live in peace in their own natural habitats!
Aug 26, 2014 mary richerson
Aug 26, 2014 Hannah hall
Aug 26, 2014 Cathryn Wood
Aug 26, 2014 Jenna Kerylow
Aug 26, 2014 Naomi Dunston
Aug 26, 2014 Denise Moore
Aug 25, 2014 PHIL JAMES
Aug 25, 2014 Shonna Myers
Aug 25, 2014 Justin Emery
Aug 25, 2014 Jo Johnson
Aug 25, 2014 Patq Ruotolo
Aug 25, 2014 Jennette Eaton
Aug 25, 2014 Cassandra D'Alessio
Aug 25, 2014 Cassandra D'Alessio
Aug 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2014 julie wylie save the wild animals
Aug 25, 2014 KAREN WENDL
Aug 24, 2014 Kenia Montijo
Aug 24, 2014 Heidi Handsaker
Aug 24, 2014 alejandra garay
Aug 24, 2014 Marina Stewart
Aug 24, 2014 Michelle Steil
Aug 24, 2014 Meritxell Fernandez Casal
Aug 24, 2014 Achim Perli
Aug 24, 2014 Alyssa Hill
Aug 24, 2014 ISABEL MONTERO

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