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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 80,607
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 2, 2014 Angela Braunschweiger
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Oct 2, 2014 Josephine Deguara
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Oct 2, 2014 Jolie Ellis
Oct 2, 2014 Delia Buanira
Oct 2, 2014 Susan Felix
Oct 2, 2014 mary woodward
Oct 2, 2014 (Name not displayed) I live in South Florida and am pleading to do something about saving our Florida Panther! Stop the Building and destruction of their habitat.
Oct 2, 2014 Jamie Webster
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Oct 2, 2014 Claire Frii
Oct 2, 2014 Tamala Atkinson
Oct 2, 2014 Angelina Hrovat
Oct 2, 2014 vicki manor
Oct 2, 2014 Erin Blair
Oct 2, 2014 Rita Petruccelli
Oct 2, 2014 Timothy Kiddy
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Oct 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2014 Kathy Golbeck
Oct 2, 2014 Lolli Milore
Oct 2, 2014 carol orlowski
Oct 2, 2014 steven pezzeca
Oct 2, 2014 Cheryl Gaudette With more than 50% of the earths animal population decreased in the last 40 years...isn't this a "no brainer"? Do the right thing!
Oct 2, 2014 Lisa Mikulic
Oct 2, 2014 Terry Reagan
Oct 2, 2014 Barbara Deegan This is your chance to do something good. Please don't mess it up.
Oct 2, 2014 Lycia Simon
Oct 2, 2014 Roberta DeFoe
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Oct 2, 2014 Usha Sharma
Oct 2, 2014 Liliana Melkumyan
Oct 2, 2014 Veronique Gebbink
Oct 2, 2014 Shauny Napier
Oct 2, 2014 Nataliya Chudnovskaya
Oct 2, 2014 michelle willingham
Oct 2, 2014 Donna Anderson
Oct 2, 2014 Jackie O'Meara
Oct 2, 2014 Sandy Marshall
Oct 2, 2014 Bernadette Gerits
Oct 2, 2014 Nevin Gokturk
Oct 2, 2014 Rebekah Wallace
Oct 2, 2014 etzel cardena
Oct 2, 2014 Peter Blackaller panther were in Florida before man developed it, they have a right to be protected and we have have a duty to do so. Man should not displace any other animal, for we are animals too in gods eyes
Oct 1, 2014 P> Kay Please save the public conservation lands and the Panther Habitat before it is too late.
Oct 1, 2014 Jean Siford
Oct 1, 2014 Joseph Gawron

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