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Goal: 100,000 Progress: 82,948
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


Nov 25, 2014 Jo Anna Williamson
Nov 25, 2014 Ines Widmann
Nov 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please, please do something to protect the Florida panther.
Nov 25, 2014 Edna Norman I live in and am a Native Floridian..we adore the panthers and are fortunate enough to observe some on game cameras on our property..PLEASE help!
Nov 25, 2014 Wendy Spencer
Nov 25, 2014 ruth hingston
Nov 25, 2014 Lynne Matthews
Nov 25, 2014 Julia Kamitsis
Nov 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 25, 2014 ulla pade
Nov 25, 2014 Sandra Wilentz
Nov 25, 2014 catherine falsay
Nov 25, 2014 Alena Rozsypal
Nov 25, 2014 elizabeth christensen
Nov 25, 2014 Bindu Kumar
Nov 25, 2014 Sergiy Kutischev
Nov 25, 2014 anthony symmons
Nov 25, 2014 Brenda Hixenbaugh Yes, please make a secured habitat for these and other wild creatures, to protect them from the worlds worst and most viscous predator, man.There are too many slaughterers,thank God there are those trying to save.
Nov 25, 2014 steven johnson
Nov 25, 2014 Judith Charles
Nov 25, 2014 Mairis Baumanis
Nov 25, 2014 Rita Coleman They used to have as much room as they could possibly need. We owe them this. Please!!
Nov 25, 2014 Tammy F
Nov 25, 2014 sandra alencar
Nov 25, 2014 corinne le Guillou
Nov 25, 2014 Thomas Sochowicz
Nov 25, 2014 jessica thornton
Nov 25, 2014 Marie Boutsen
Nov 25, 2014 Rosana Oliveira
Nov 25, 2014 Ligia Melo
Nov 25, 2014 Rodrigo Melo
Nov 25, 2014 Rosana Melo
Nov 25, 2014 Katie Ritchie
Nov 25, 2014 Lilian Weiss
Nov 25, 2014 Deborah McLeod
Nov 25, 2014 Michelle Poliart
Nov 25, 2014 Magdalena Howitt How disgusting is it for us to take away the habitat of an endangered animal. We have so much of our own space and alternative resources. Stop being lazy and change your ways! It's Sickening the human disregard for creatures.
Nov 25, 2014 Donna De Maria
Nov 24, 2014 danielle gonzalez this was their home first !
Nov 24, 2014 Carl Balzan
Nov 24, 2014 Gautam Mukhopadhyay
Nov 24, 2014 lindsay baker
Nov 24, 2014 Jeannie edwards
Nov 24, 2014 Vironica Dart
Nov 24, 2014 Sevgül Züngür
Nov 24, 2014 marcia crowell
Nov 24, 2014 Sarah Penn
Nov 24, 2014 Rebecca Winkler
Nov 24, 2014 Aaron Roth
Nov 24, 2014 Rick Newman

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