Target: Mike Haridopolos, Florida Senate President
Goal: To protect the extinction of Florida panthers by creating a safe barrier between human motorists and animals
The month of October has been a brutal month for the endangered Florida panther. In only four days, three of these species have been killed by motorists. Recently, a three-month-old panther became the 11th panther to be killed by a vehicle this year and the 19th fatality overall. With only a shocking 100 adult panthers left in the wild today, these animals must be protected through the enforcement of safe barriers between motorists.
These cats once flourished and sprawled out among areas all throughout the Southeast. Now highways and commercial development have fragmented panther habitat into a distorted puzzle with unfit pieces, forcing confrontations between the humans and panthers. The Florida panthers are among some of the most endangered species in the entire world. Non-profit organizations such as, The Defenders of Wildlife, are working to save the very few adult panthers that are left in the wild.
The Defenders of Wildlife are hoping to expand the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, advocate for increased enforcement for speeding and monitoring high-tech wildlife sensors on Tamiami Trail in Big Cypress National Preserve, improve road safety for panthers by encouraging designation of slower night time speed zones, and fight the ill-conceived new road projects that could increase road deaths and further fragment the habitat these great cats need to survive.
The Florida panther is the last subspecies of puma living in the United States. These cats must be protected by the state of Florida with the enforcement of safe barriers between humans and animals to avoid extinction.
Dear Mike Haridopolos,
The 100 adult Florida panthers that are left in the state are facing extinction and must be protected with the enforcement of safe barriers between motorists and the animals. Recently, a three-month-old panther was killed by a vehicle marking the 11th panther to be killed this year. Please take into consideration the critical danger these panthers are facing due to improper and incompatible road safety programs.
New road safety programs like the enforcement of speed and monitoring high-tech wildlife sensors on Tamiami Trail in Big Cypress National Preserve, encouraging designation of slower nighttime speed zones, and fighting ill-conceived new road projects that could increase road deaths and further fragment the habitat, could work to save these last subspecies of puma found in the United States. I urge you to take the initiative to ensure that Florida panthers continue to live by providing adequate protection along the roadways of Florida’s State.
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