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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 24, 2014 cindy kennemer
Apr 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2014 Maria L Perez
Apr 24, 2014 claudia corbo
Apr 23, 2014 Samantha Honowitz
Apr 23, 2014 Samantha McCabe
Apr 23, 2014 Antonina Kapilian
Apr 23, 2014 debi logan
Apr 23, 2014 Lori Nance
Apr 23, 2014 Michelle Triplett-Wilkerson
Apr 23, 2014 BONNIE Wright
Apr 23, 2014 Kathleen Miller
Apr 23, 2014 Donna Stilwell
Apr 23, 2014 John Rumary
Apr 23, 2014 Marie Duggan
Apr 23, 2014 Liv Norderud I'm from Norway. Biodiversity is very important to me
Apr 22, 2014 D. Di Lucca
Apr 22, 2014 Yana Nesmeyanova
Apr 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Used to see them all the time before
Apr 22, 2014 Tyler Foular The panthers are America's lions, they deserve to live!
Apr 22, 2014 Patricia Dettinburn Please save the panthers
Apr 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2014 Joanne Jorgensen Please protect the beautiful Florida panthers, let them live long lives in their natural habitat.
Apr 22, 2014 Heidi Lundholm
Apr 22, 2014 Wanda Norgaard
Apr 22, 2014 Amanda Rieger
Apr 22, 2014 Ina Porzig
Apr 22, 2014 Mary H Bauer I have read about animal bridges being built over channeled paths on top of highways .... I hope you can figure out how to urge your Wildlife Service to cook up enthusiasm supporting preservation of your wildlife by being inventive!
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Apr 22, 2014 James Finlayson
Apr 22, 2014 Beth Ann Pfeifer
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Apr 22, 2014 rebecca hall
Apr 22, 2014 Lisa Provident
Apr 22, 2014 Gina Crumbliss
Apr 22, 2014 Gloria Carlton
Apr 22, 2014 Jillian Phillips
Apr 22, 2014 Tommy Dees
Apr 22, 2014 Tracy Stroh
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Apr 22, 2014 Karen Eisenlord
Apr 21, 2014 Pam Seitz
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Apr 21, 2014 Susan VanDeVelde
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Apr 21, 2014 Melissa Hornbaker
Apr 21, 2014 Teresa Brenner
Apr 21, 2014 Katherine Myskowski
Apr 21, 2014 I. R. Heller

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