Stop Developers From Killing Florida Panthers

Target: Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Don’t allow new development in areas that will harm the Florida panther.

Nine developers have asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for an exemption from the Endangered Species Act so they can build on land adjacent to the Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge. This land is one of the main breeding areas for Florida panthers, and building there could harm the already extremely endangered animal. As development has boomed across Florida, the state’s native panthers have experienced a sharp decline in their population. Many of these deaths are directly attributed to human causes. In 2016, 34 of the 42 panthers who died were road kills. There have also been instances of panthers being injured and killed by hunters.

Many animal advocates worry that the Florida panther population will keep declining as the Florida Wildlife Commission chips away at important protections. This commission, which is made up of hunters and land developers, has said that they believe that the panther population is too large for Florida and cannot be managed. One of the commissioners is also part of the group who asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Endangered Species Act exemption, showing that they have a personal stake in lessening protection on Florida panthers.

With just 160 Florida panthers left in the world, the animals need all the protection they can get to prevent them from going extinct. If the FWS allows the developers to build in the animals’ territory, it could be disastrous for the few remaining Florida panthers. Sign this petition to urge the FWS to not give the developers a permit to build new homes and roads in the panthers’ territory.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Ashe,

I’m writing to ask you not to grant an incidental take permit to the nine developers who want to build in areas that the Florida panthers use as breeding grounds. If these developers are given an exemption from the Endangered Species Act, they could severely harm the few remaining Florida panthers. New roads could lead to increased road kills, and there could also be more hostile interactions between land owners and Florida panthers.

There are only 160 Florida panthers left in the world, and any development on their habitat could be a disaster for these extremely endangered animals. To save these panthers from disappearing altogether, please do not allow developers to build on areas that Florida Panthers call home.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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7 Comments

  1. As a life long Floridian, I can say that Developers/ real estate people, and the like OWN this state.

    Soon, every square inch of Florida will be covered with strip malls, upscale developments, malls, tire stores, fast food outlets, etc.

    There is NO oversight or care for what is left, and quickly dwindling, of native Florida. It is a tragedy….

    • KatWrangler says:

      AMEN! Why can’t people think like those on Sanibel Island, where development has been curtailed – for the time being.
      Thank you, “Ding” Darling! You saw what was coming…

  2. The people of this development don’t care. I know they will lie to get what they want–money. Thank goodness immigration is down. Someone come up with a bill and elect a board to stop this.

  3. Tina shurtleff says:

    What good are fish and wildlife if they keep siding with developers, hunters, and ranchers. None. They are suppose to protect wildlife and not destroy it. Call your governors in every state that want to pollute our lands and destroy our wildlife.

  4. KatWrangler says:

    Yeah, even 100 year old Babcock Ranch has been whittled down to 74,000 acres for “land preservation”. Let’s see if the Town of Babcock Ranch stays to its alloted 17,000 acres. Someone there has to be not on-the-payroll, and knows the importance of diverse environments.

    It’s a shame – Babcock Ranch area was essential to the habitat of the Florida Panther. Our world does not need any more shopping, strip malls, whatever. But the panthers need the land to LIVE!

    Developers – go sell Earth Shoes.

  5. PANTHERS FIRST NOT THE DEVELOPMENT THAT WOULD THREATEN THEIR SURVIVAL NOW.

  6. Wonder how much bribe money is involved in this? Wildlife and land will soon be gone, greed overtakes it all. So sad.

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