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.
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.
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
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
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.
for your consideration.
Defenders of Wildlife
This petition closed almost 2 years ago
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....
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!