October 17th, 2012 11:31 EST
Florida Panthers are Some of The Most Endangered Animals in The World
October has been a brutal month for Florida panthers.
In just four days three of these critically endangered animals have been struck and killed by motorists.
The most recent death occurred October 9, when a three-month-old panther kitten became the 11th panther to be killed by a vehicle this year, and the 19th fatality overall.
Florida panthers are some of the most endangered animals in the world. However, their fight against extinction is only becoming more difficult as housing and highway projects continue to slash and shrink precious habitat. Collisions with motor vehicles are the leading human cause of panther deaths.
We must put a stop to this. Donate now to help save the lives of endangered Florida panthers and other wildlife.
These big cats once prowled and flourished throughout the Southeast - now as few as 100 adult Florida panthers are left in the wild.
Urban sprawl, highways and commercial development have fragmented panther habitat into a jigsaw puzzle of disconnected pieces, forcing confrontations between humans and panthers.
Defenders has launched a comprehensive action plan to bring these wondrous animals back from the brink. Your donation will help save panthers and other endangered wildlife nationwide.
Here are just a few highlights from our plan for Florida panthers:
- Work to expand the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Expanding the refuge could protect prime panther habitat from urban sprawl and development, allow for restoration and help provide a buffer zone between panthers and people.
- Advocate for increased enforcement for speeding and monitor high-tech wildlife sensors on Tamiami Trail in Big Cypress National Preserve -- a stretch of road known for its high number of panther fatalities. These sensors can reduce wildlife- vehicle collisions.
- Improve road safety for panthers by encouraging designation of slower nighttime speed zones and construction of underpasses and fencing.
- Save panther habitat on both sides of the Caloosahatchee River so that these rare cats can migrate northward and reclaim some of their historic range.
- Fight 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 still surviving in the eastern United States, and as few as 100 adults remain. We are in an urgent race to save the Florida panther population and we can`t do it without your help.
Please make a generous gift today.
Defenders of Wildlife
P.S. There are as few as 100 adult Florida panthers left -- please donate today and help ensure that these struggling cats have a fighting chance to survive.