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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 82,193
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 24, 2014 Michelle Carden
Oct 24, 2014 Allison Vincent Please protect and preserve these magnificent animals before it's too late! They must be able to move between territories to breed successfully and ensure healthy genetic diversity.
Oct 24, 2014 karen Turco
Oct 24, 2014 Charlotte Fremaux Every top predator is necessary for healthy ecosystems. Please ensure contiguous habitat for these animals allowing them to function in their historic capacity in their natural range.
Oct 24, 2014 Nancy Meiselman
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Oct 24, 2014 Cheryl Hughes
Oct 23, 2014 Cecilia Riquelme
Oct 23, 2014 Sabrina kastrati Please give panthers room to roam for God's sake, how heartless you people are....shame on you all, you will answer to God on judgment day !!!
Oct 23, 2014 Brodee Miller
Oct 23, 2014 john pasqua
Oct 23, 2014 Dhyan Story Aren't these classified as endangered? If not, they should be. No one has the right to wipe out an entire species, especially in the name of the God Almighty dollar. I hope animal rights groups in the area stop you dead in your tracks.
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Oct 23, 2014 Karine Bolduc
Oct 23, 2014 Alena Pimiakova
Oct 23, 2014 Barbara Vieira
Oct 22, 2014 tan su wei
Oct 22, 2014 christine zannoni
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Oct 22, 2014 Charles Knowles
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