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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 82,152
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 21, 2014 Suzanne Dostert
Oct 21, 2014 Jennifer Severance
Oct 21, 2014 Tammy Parrish
Oct 21, 2014 Andrea Jensen
Oct 21, 2014 Carol Dolan
Oct 21, 2014 Zixuan He
Oct 21, 2014 ixcel valenzuela
Oct 21, 2014 michelle dust
Oct 21, 2014 Julia Petersen
Oct 21, 2014 Diana Rothe
Oct 21, 2014 berenice robin
Oct 21, 2014 Coleen Kelly It would be a sad thing to lose these wonderful animals.
Oct 21, 2014 Brigitte Michaelis
Oct 21, 2014 Veronika Aksak
Oct 21, 2014 Valeria Cervellati
Oct 20, 2014 Eileen Greenberg
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Janet Reinholz Please help the panthers have a safe sanctuary. Thank you!!!😿
Oct 20, 2014 Ginger Sikes Please consider the urgent need to preserve the contiguous habitat of the Florida panthers. We can and should do this! The loss of any species is a loss to all of us, both humans and wildlife, to the natural balance of life on earth.
Oct 20, 2014 Danielle A Reid We MUST protect these gorgeous felines! We need to provide a large habitat and roaming areas! It's only fair, because they were here FIRST! PROTECT THEM!!
Oct 20, 2014 eileen bosch.com
Oct 20, 2014 Dolores Funaro
Oct 20, 2014 John Turner
Oct 20, 2014 Anna Weston
Oct 20, 2014 Diana Cunningham
Oct 20, 2014 Linda King Please provide more land for the panthers to roam on...
Oct 20, 2014 Bonnie Towles I live in FL and have come upon a Florida panther while driving through the back roads of my area ... they are magnificent and so worth protecting.
Oct 20, 2014 Ted Dennis
Oct 20, 2014 Kathy Snawder
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Kim Orbell
Oct 20, 2014 Meghan Trew
Oct 20, 2014 Terry Andol
Oct 20, 2014 Sandra Buras
Oct 20, 2014 Danielle Williams
Oct 20, 2014 ADRIANA ANTONIO
Oct 20, 2014 Glenda Bowen
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Oct 20, 2014 heather terry
Oct 20, 2014 Robyn Lamoreux
Oct 20, 2014 Wayne Swiers Extinction is forever. Don't let that happen to these magnificent cats.
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Laura McKinney
Oct 20, 2014 Agnes Norlen
Oct 20, 2014 Maggie Gaines
Oct 20, 2014 Lauren Malicki I have a heart for animals!!
Oct 20, 2014 Rebecca Mesa
Oct 20, 2014 Laura Golston
Oct 20, 2014 Connie Vejen
Oct 20, 2014 Cindy Baker All animals are our legacy.

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