Save Endangered Panther from Road Fatalities

Target: Marco Rubio, Senator of Florida

Goal: Protect Florida’s panther population from fatal vehicle collisions.

Two Florida panthers were struck dead by vehicles, only a day apart from each other; they are the first two vehicle-related deaths among panthers of 2018. Last year, 30 panthers were struck down while crossing the roads. This is a smaller number from previous years, but is still much too high given the species’ vulnerable status.

The panther once roamed the Southeast freely, but the building of roads and settlements has confined them to a tiny space along the Gulf of Mexico. Panthers who attempt to cross these roads to find other panthers or to forage are killed by moving vehicles. Their status is listed as ‘least concern’ for now, but this could change for the worse in an instant. Only seven panthers with litters totaling 19 kittens were found in the area last year, which is not nearly enough to bolster the species’ numbers.

We must act quickly to protect the remaining panther population from vehicular slaughter. More safe areas need to be created, including but not limited to a safe crossing zone for the animals and stricter rules for drivers along the roads. Sign this petition to save the panther before it is too late.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Rubio,

The panther population in Florida has been on a slow, steady decline for the past few years. Two were found dead recently, the first two panther casualties of 2018, after being struck by moving vehicles. This is due to the loss of their habitat; panthers once freely roamed the Southeast but are now confined to a tiny space after roads and highways were built on their homes.

You must help us keep this species protected. Only seven panthers with litters totaling 19 kittens were documented last year, which is not nearly enough to fortify their numbers and protect them from more severe endangerment. You must enforce stricter driving rules and create safe zones so that panthers may cross without the risk of being struck down. The species is merely vulnerable for now, but that will change for the worse if we do not work to protect them.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service

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2 Comments

  1. I pray for the day when oil runs out and cars are extinct .

  2. Gen Agustsson says:

    long live panthers.

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