The Florida panther is one of the most endangered animals in the world – current estimates place the population at only 80 to 100 individuals. Unfortunately, 45,000 acres in the panther's remaining habitat – an area twice the size of Miami – is currently under consideration for intensive development.
Habitat loss is the greatest threat to the Florida panther's survival, and science suggests that the lands currently in conservation do not provide enough suitable habitat area to support even the limited number of existing panthers.
The Florida panther was listed as an endangered species 41 years ago, but critical habitat has never been established – even though the Endangered Species Act requires the designation of critical habitat for endangered species.
Panther habitat is disappearing, and we only have until April 21 to file your comments demanding protection! Act today – and support the designation of the Primary, Dispersal and Secondary Zones as critical habitat for the Florida panther under the Endangered Species Act.
I support the petition for critical habitat designation for the endangered Florida panther submitted by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida on January 21, 2009.
The Florida panther is one of the most endangered species in the world as only 80-100 individuals survive today. The two greatest threats to the Florida panther are the loss of habitat and automobile-related deaths, both of which are caused by increased development in environmentally sensitive areas.
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I support the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's petition for critical habitat not only because it would preserve and encourage the growth of the current population of Florida panthers, but also because it would help to protect other valuable environmental resources, such as wetlands, aquifer-recharge areas, drinking water supplies and the habitat of other endangered species.
Please help to ensure the continued existence of the Florida panther and the preservation of Southwest Florida's natural resources and unique character by supporting the designation of critical habitat for the endangered Florida panther.
Thank you for your time and consideration.