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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 82,438
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 31, 2014 Jennifer Sheridan
Oct 31, 2014 Jaymee Stanford
Oct 31, 2014 (Name not displayed) WE NEED TO SAVE OUR WILDLIFE TO SAVE OURSELVES... IT'S COMMON SENSE
Oct 31, 2014 Valerie Bucan any form of wildlife should be a priority, please protect these beautiful cats!!
Oct 31, 2014 Megan Antonelli
Oct 31, 2014 Cheryl Post Mankind has turned out to be a terrible minister for earth and its inhabitants; in our greed to possess more land we have reduced the habitat for many species, some of which are now extinct. Please, don't let these magnificent panthers be among them.
Oct 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 31, 2014 John George
Oct 31, 2014 Connie Burgenmeyer
Oct 31, 2014 michelle maras
Oct 31, 2014 Juana Moreno
Oct 31, 2014 Tyler Gautier i saw a black Lepard in the Manus Zoo in a cage , he looked so unhappy pacing to & fro we connected ..that was 22 years ago . Better late than never
Oct 31, 2014 Luis Ramos
Oct 31, 2014 Jane Reynolds
Oct 31, 2014 Helen Jarosz
Oct 31, 2014 Rhonda Bolejack We need to save them because we need to keep our eco system in balance and they are such beautiful creatures as well!
Oct 31, 2014 Meghan Olson
Oct 31, 2014 flo goodman
Oct 31, 2014 Venetta Pearson
Oct 31, 2014 Fran Philp they deserve to be in our eco system
Oct 31, 2014 Janis Rightmyer
Oct 31, 2014 Nicole Kroplewski
Oct 31, 2014 robert pavluvcik
Oct 31, 2014 Rachel Beckman
Oct 31, 2014 Miriam Zinner
Oct 31, 2014 Jennifer Leonard
Oct 31, 2014 Catherine Payne Ask USFWS and the Department of Interior To Give Panthers Room To Roam
Oct 31, 2014 Hannah King
Oct 31, 2014 Alex Avalon
Oct 31, 2014 susan fiedler
Oct 31, 2014 Rick Lehman
Oct 31, 2014 Emily DeMoss The greatest resource that America has is the natural beauty of our lands, our native populations, and our wild creatures, many of which can not be found elsewhere. It behooves us to protect that which make the United States great and uniquely beautiful.
Oct 31, 2014 Angela Daurio
Oct 31, 2014 Jane Moore
Oct 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 31, 2014 Patricia DeCristoforo Why don't more men take interest?
Oct 31, 2014 Roberto Sanchez
Oct 31, 2014 Rachel Whaley
Oct 31, 2014 William Haines In reading that humans have destroyed nearly HALF of the animals on this planet since 1960, I think its about time we heal now, and not hurt anymore!
Oct 31, 2014 Katrina Matter
Oct 31, 2014 Judith Collins
Oct 31, 2014 dr vipul dave
Oct 31, 2014 candy rhounan
Oct 31, 2014 Kim Taylor
Oct 31, 2014 Dominique NG
Oct 31, 2014 miodrag bozic
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Oct 30, 2014 Emily Young
Oct 30, 2014 Susan Hildebrand
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