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Conserve Do Not Kill Panthers - Petition

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- 1282 days ago -
There are only between 100 and 180 Florida panthers still alive in the state of Florida according to wildlife biologists. However some people still think their protections should be lifted. Ensure Florida panthers and ranchers can live together peacefully


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Past Member (0)
Friday September 18, 2015, 1:01 pm
noted, signed already earlier this day; Thank you Dandelion!

Pat B (356)
Friday September 18, 2015, 1:28 pm
Signed, thank you.

Solitary E (324)
Friday September 18, 2015, 1:29 pm
Signed, thanks Dandelion.

Antiope K (0)
Friday September 18, 2015, 1:30 pm
Bloody people! Leave the animals alone, kill each other instead and do the world a BIG favour!

Signed, shared and noted. Thanks for sharing, Dandelion.


Miia S (44)
Friday September 18, 2015, 1:39 pm
Signed and noted.

JL A (281)
Friday September 18, 2015, 1:57 pm
s&n; thanks for posting Dandelion

Ljiljana M (115)
Friday September 18, 2015, 2:10 pm
Signed > 8587 Signatures
& Thank you Dandelion

Past Member (0)
Friday September 18, 2015, 3:35 pm
S+S-thx Dandelion

Animae C (507)
Friday September 18, 2015, 5:07 pm

Thanx Dandelion

Mary T (356)
Friday September 18, 2015, 8:39 pm
thank you Dandelion - signed, noted and shared

Inge B (202)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 12:39 am


Maria Teresa S (42)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 1:39 am
Signed. Thanks Dandelion.

Ben O (135)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 6:48 am
Signed along with maybe ten other petitions...

Kathleen W (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 7:15 am
"[A] Florida commissioner named Liesa Priddy [is] allegedly claiming their protections should be lifted."

I can locate enough credible sources - including HER first draft proposal presented by the FWC in June - where she states in no uncertain terms that she & Wiley both want the panther delisted, and that they have exceeded their habitats' carrying capacity (contrary to some experts' opinion, BTW). She has also been extremely vocal regarding her belief that landowners like her shouldn't have to pay the price - it should be shared by the taxpayers (not that SHE pays HER fair share, mind you). Once anyone with a decent number of functioning brain cells references her quotes over the past 4-5 years, the word "allegedly" becomes "overtly."

Wealthy ranchers like Priddy ( who has over 8 million dollars socked away in a private foundation ) don't need any monetary incentives from the public to continue their lucrative operation. They are already afforded gigantic tax breaks from state and federal agencies.

For one thing: Loss of livestock can be attributed to other factors besides predation, and should be considered the 'cost of doing business.' Why should taxpayers have to share their burden when we are not enjoying any of the financial benefits?

Isn't there insurance available? After all, if a celebrity can insure a specific part of his or her body, one can only imagine it's available to ranchers.

Secondly: Ranchers could install something called jump fencing, but they won't. Priddy could certainly afford it; and maybe smaller ranches (if in panther territory) could get them with the help of Defenders of Wildlife. (They helped offset the cost of electric bear fences in Montana.) Better yet: I'd rather pay ranchers WHO COULDN'T AFFORD IT a one-time fee to install a special fence than pay them for 10 years to maintain their land IN ADDITION TO compensating them for individuals lost.

Thirdly: Floridians already overwhelmingly voted for Amendment 1, which was supposed to divert monies from doc stamps to purchase new wildlife habitats and corridors - not pay state wildlife officials' salaries and fund agency upgrades (which is exactly what it's doing).

Fourth: Never even entering the conversation on panther preservation - or panther predation, for that matter - is the detrimental effect that hunters have on their primary food source of ungulates and wild hogs.

Fifth: On one hand, both the FWC and FWS admit that the panthers habitat has already shrunk to such a degree that it cannot sustain the current population - which again, it should be noted, some experts disagree with. On the other, the feds are seriously considering stealing and fragmenting more of their territory for the sake of gluttonous Priddy and her accomplices like Big Ag and Big Sugar. Just FYI: They've sided with ranchers, developers, mining interests, and oil/gas exploration/drilling interests more often than not.

According to the Miami Herald:

“Basically there’s too many panthers on a limited amount of habitat,” Priddy said. “You’re just trying to put too many on too small a space.”

Meanwhile, Priddy has been crusading for 10 years to repurpose the lion's share - literally and figuratively - of 177,000 acres. In conjunction, many more roads would either be created or of the panthers' biggest dangers.

Excerpted from, August 14th:

[Big landowners] envision a new town in the middle of panther habitat, along with mining, oil exploration, agriculture and, on some acreage, preservation to benefit panthers.

If approved by federal officials, the plan would allow what's known as "incidental take" of endangered species in that area, including not only panthers but scrub jays, red-cockaded woodpeckers and Everglades snail kites. Under the Endangered Species Act, "take" means "to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect" a certain number of those animals.

Other major landowners working with Priddy in pursuing the incidental take permit on panthers include two major sugar companies, Alico and King Ranch; the Half Circle L Ranch; Pacific Tomato Growers; English Brothers; and the Barron Collier Partnership and Collier Enterprises.

Barron Collier Partnership and Collier Enterprises have been working for more than a decade on creating a new city — initially called Big Cypress, now nameless — that would (among other projects) put 10,000 residential homes on 4,000 acres of prime panther habitat. The website says the first homes should be available in 2018. (Interesting, since federal authorities haven't given them the green light yet. Although I suppose, it's a foregone conclusion that they will.)

If approved, the permit would create what is known as a Habitat Conservation Plan, allowing development and other human activities to occur on part of it while preserving the rest to make up for the damage done (a noteworthy admission of guilt). Some undeveloped private land would be put under a conservation easement, in effect blocking any development from occurring there.

For groups like (ADVOCATES TAKE NOTE!) Defenders of Wildlife and the Collier County Audubon Society, that makes the plan worth supporting.

(**US CITIZENS**)Taxpayers helped Priddy and the other landowners pay for creating the Habitat Conservation Plan. In 2012, the Fish and Wildlife Service awarded a grant of nearly $150,000 to aid in "concluding the planning efforts" for it.

[end of excerpt]

So when the proposal says that they will protect a portion for panthers as recompense for damage done, how is this benefiting panthers again? Panthers started out with a whole pie, and now they would only get more crumbs...That's protecting the population? While additionally massacring an unknown number of endangered species in the process because they are in the way? How can anyone - much less so-called conservationists and certain NGOs - think, by any stretch of the imagination, that this is a positive move forward in protecting panthers? It's absolutely ludicrous !

This is nightmarish déjà vu for Floridians regarding our environment, flora and fauna - as in, when the federal government approved the Daniels Parkway Extension and Ave Maria. And if the FWS approved especially that last one, virtually anything goes...the sky's the limit, I'm very sorry to say.

Nonetheless, after all of my ranting, I signed this petition because, quite frankly, having so many negative forces simultaneously bearing down on them, I'd hate like anything to have those that survive the onslaught end up displayed in captivity.

Thanks Dandelion.


Darren W (218)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 7:27 am
Signed and shared petition
Thanks Dandelion.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 8:10 am
Gladly signed.

. (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 9:09 am

Lucia A (16)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 9:10 am
Signed, shared and posted. Thank you all.

Robert O (12)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 9:25 am
Thank you Dandelion.

Roberto M (3)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 9:27 am

Janis K (129)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 10:14 am
Signed, thanks.

Jeff C (64)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 10:37 am
Noted and Signed. Too many people have no respect for nature. It's like the only green they want to see is on money and all the animal's fir is for a fashion statement.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 11:18 am
I can't even imagine them killing these gorgeous cats, when they are endangered.They are close to my heart, being a Fl. native.My husband & I camped in the Everglades Nat'l Park, for several years in a row, for the 2 week limit, best experience I ever had, & I was fortunate enough to spot a Fl. panther early one morning at Royal Palm, I was so thrilled.
Gladly signed & shared.

Mike M (40)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 11:21 am

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Saturday September 19, 2015, 11:46 am

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Saturday September 19, 2015, 12:52 pm

Darlene W (289)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 1:33 pm
Noted and signed--thank you Dandelion.

Nelson B (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 1:36 pm
Signed and noted.

End CrueltyDeb W (154)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:01 pm

Gabriele R (26)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:42 pm
Signed and noted.

Dori C (17)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:47 pm

donald B (6)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:51 pm

David B (34)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 3:37 pm
why not move out the farmers and ranchers and let the panthers be ? I know , I know . it will never happen but I really have no use for the people of Fla. for what they have allowed to happen to that beautiful place over the years .ah well it's a republician state so there is no surprise there .

Mandi T (366)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 3:54 pm

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 3:56 pm
Signed, thanks Sheryl!

Joy M (167)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 5:36 pm
Signed and noted.. Thanks

Lois J (63)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 5:42 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Dandelion.

Sandra V (85)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 6:08 pm
firmado ! gracias

Anne K (139)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 6:18 pm
Signed. Thanks, Dandelion.

Walter F (129)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 6:26 pm

Victoria P (109)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 6:29 pm
Signed with thanks

aj E (164)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 6:34 pm

Glennis W (393)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 6:52 pm
Noted, signed and shared. Thank you for taking action to conserve not kill these adorable Panthers. Thank you for caring and sharing Dandelion.

Christine S (134)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 7:18 pm

Lynn S (235)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 7:26 pm
What a beautiful cat! . . . so majestic!


Regina P (65)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 7:37 pm
Signed. Thank you

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 8:44 pm
Petition signed. Thank you

Giana P (398)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 10:54 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Dandelion.

Fran F (116)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 11:24 pm
Signed and noted with great concern for what I consider criminal negligence by the State of Florida in its disregard for this important species. Thanks, Dandelion, for posting this!

Intan Surya D (3)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 12:12 am
Noted and signed.

ERIKA S (58)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 12:56 am
signed + noted

Sandra F (114)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 1:03 am
N&S TY Dandelion xoxo

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 1:35 am

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 1:53 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 1:58 am

Bernadette P (173)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:15 am
Noted & signed! Thank you, Dandelion!

Jeannet B (74)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:32 am
Signed, ty Dandelion

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:47 am
Signed,thanks Sheryl.

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:47 am
Noted and signed.

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:56 am

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:12 am

SylvieBusy A (190)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:19 am
N, S&S. Thank you.

Veronique L (209)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:22 am
Noted & signed

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:55 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 6:12 am
signed xx

Tanya W (65)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 6:14 am
Noted and signed

Ryan E (24)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 8:07 am
Noted and signed.

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 8:45 am

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 8:45 am

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 9:21 am

Marija M (25)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 9:30 am
done, ty

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 10:12 am

Allen O (197)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 10:32 am
Thanks Dandelion - Signed and noted

Jan G (86)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 10:59 am

Ruth M (839)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 11:27 am
N+S+S+TWEETED. Thanks Dandelion.

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 12:55 pm

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Malgorzata Z (202)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 12:55 pm
udostępnione na fb.

Janet R (38)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 1:31 pm
Until state wildlife boards are filled with biologists and not hunters, this kind of crap will continue. These rich landowners want the panthers and all wildlife gone so they can develop every single inch of Florida. Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties are filled to gills with people and they keep building. The state government isn't going to stop this wildlife killing; it's up to the federal government and they are busy killing innocent wildlife themselves such as bison, burros, wild horses themselves so I don't know if they will save the panther. I hope they do but I wouldn't count on it. As a native of Florida who has lived in south Florida for almost 59 years, it makes me sick to my stomach to see the changes that so many people are inflicting on my Florida. It almost makes me wish for a cat 5 hurricane to send these people packing.

Ruth C (87)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:09 pm

Winn A (179)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:20 pm

. (0)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:28 pm
Dandelion thank you for bringing this out in the open. Why must man always kill and destroy beautiful and majestic animals. The rich landowners should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

monica s (43)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 3:07 pm
Florida should be proud to share their home with panthers. Everything on this planet has a purpose. I am very afraid that soon Florida will be just one giant farm and built-up areas. Then will you be happy?

Monika A (94)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 3:52 pm

Aaron B (158)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:42 pm
signed and noted thanks

Maryann S (112)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:44 pm
Signed & shared.

Ruth L (237)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 5:07 pm
Signed/noted. Thanks Dandelion

. (0)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 5:56 pm
S&N. Thanks, Dandelion.

boyd h (35)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 7:32 pm

Glennis W (393)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 8:27 pm
Noted, already signed and shared.Thank you for taking action to stop killing panthers. Thank you for caring and sharing.Dandelion

Dogan O (2)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 8:27 pm
noted and signed

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 9:07 pm

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 9:15 pm

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Sunday September 20, 2015, 9:46 pm
Signed and noted.

Sheila D (28)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 10:09 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Dandelion.

Leslene D (84)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 10:33 pm
Noted and signed.

Yvonne F (181)
Monday September 21, 2015, 1:53 am
So vey signed!!!! Thanks Dandelion

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Max Leung (1)
Monday September 21, 2015, 4:33 am
thank you:)

Unnikrishnan S (44)
Monday September 21, 2015, 6:22 am

Past Member (0)
Monday September 21, 2015, 8:57 am
Signed. Thanks

Dennis H (0)
Monday September 21, 2015, 9:12 am

Connie O (45)
Monday September 21, 2015, 4:43 pm
S + N

Cheryl H (91)
Monday September 21, 2015, 9:20 pm
N+S. Thanks Dandelion!

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Tuesday September 22, 2015, 5:37 am

Lucia A (16)
Friday September 25, 2015, 1:00 pm
Noted and signed.

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Sunday September 27, 2015, 1:48 pm
Signed and noted, thanks Dandelion.

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Wednesday September 30, 2015, 8:57 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 3, 2015, 1:45 am
Noted, signed---thanks Dandelion.

Gina C (219)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 3:22 pm
florida is on a mission to kill anything that is not human

Sheryl G (359)
Monday October 19, 2015, 11:33 am
I think it's after the humans too Gina. We have the denial of Climate Disruption and the Shoot First Ask Questions later laws.

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Tuesday November 10, 2015, 9:37 am
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