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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 81,953
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 19, 2014 Nancy Mendoza Vidal
Oct 19, 2014 Lisa Du Fresne The World is Watching!
Oct 19, 2014 Marcia Ayres
Oct 19, 2014 Christine Holzmueller
Oct 19, 2014 Peter Scott
Oct 19, 2014 Kymberly Deschamps
Oct 19, 2014 andrea delrio
Oct 19, 2014 Linda Williams We are stewards over all living creatures. We must give them humain care.
Oct 19, 2014 Екатерина Коренкова
Oct 19, 2014 Ioana Julan
Oct 19, 2014 Paula Kohl
Oct 19, 2014 Gissela Muro
Oct 19, 2014 Christina Telego LET US HUMANS KILL OFF SOME MORE OF GOD'S BEAUTIFUL CREATURES!!!!! HOW CAN WE EXPECT HUMANS TO CARE FOR OUR ANIMALS WHEN HUMANS DON'T CARE ABOUT ANOTHER HUMAN. EVERYBODY THESE DAYS ARE ONLY OUT FOR THEMSELVES.
Oct 19, 2014 Jo Kotchie
Oct 19, 2014 MaryAnna Hunt
Oct 19, 2014 Louise Singer
Oct 19, 2014 Antonia Habuš
Oct 19, 2014 Harry SALIBA
Oct 19, 2014 Mikkel Mouritzen
Oct 19, 2014 lily zanrosso think about future generations not about profit.
Oct 19, 2014 tanja larsen
Oct 18, 2014 Paarnannguaq Hoseassen
Oct 18, 2014 hassan hijazi
Oct 18, 2014 Jared Eow
Oct 18, 2014 Frostianne Sewell Please protect the Panthers!
Oct 18, 2014 Michelle Cross
Oct 18, 2014 Julie Gutierrez Give them freedom to be wild..it's so sad that our animals in domestic and in the wild our regarded as trash.We need to respect them.They are a life too.
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Oct 18, 2014 Gillian Suess
Oct 18, 2014 Anne Hall
Oct 18, 2014 Nicola Wellbelove
Oct 18, 2014 Nancy Meehan
Oct 18, 2014 Sandra Creswell
Oct 18, 2014 Marina Aleksandrova
Oct 18, 2014 Patricia Gonzalez
Oct 18, 2014 Mariana Roman
Oct 18, 2014 Ana Prado
Oct 18, 2014 Sherri Moody
Oct 18, 2014 Rev Marilyn Van Veersen
Oct 18, 2014 jeri Helton
Oct 18, 2014 Marcine Wilson
Oct 18, 2014 Margie Killough
Oct 18, 2014 Şennur Karaağaç To give panthers Room to Roam
Oct 18, 2014 M G Please Help...♥
Oct 18, 2014 cesar conceiçao
Oct 18, 2014 NELSON H. ROJAS RICAURTE
Oct 18, 2014 Dupont Jeanne
Oct 18, 2014 karine auvray
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Oct 18, 2014 Carole Sumner

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