Defying science, reason, and public opinion, Gov. Rick Scott’s allies on the Florida Wildlife Commission recently approved a hunting season for Florida black bears. Now, the commission is working to weaken protections for the Florida panther. This has included the possibility of looking to persuade the US Fish and Wildlife Service to de-list the Florida panther from the endangered species list and take over management of the panther population. We can’t let that happen.
Add your name to the petition to the US Fish and Wildlife Service today and urge them to deny any proposal by the Florida Wildlife Commission to eliminate critical protections for the Florida panther.
Petition To The US Fish and Wildlife Service
The Florida panther remains vulnerable despite increasing numbers. Instead of working to build on this legacy, the Florida Wildlife Commission is shamefully looking to turn its back on the panther.
We urge you to deny any request by the Commission to weaken protections critical to protection of one of Florida's most iconic creatures. De-listing the panther from the endangered species list or turning over all management of the panther to the state should be denied.
Reducing federal protections is not a solution to the issue of an increasing panther population. As Floridians, we believe that expanding the panther's habitat northward by linking existing public lands and wildlife management areas is the appropriate solution.
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