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The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is now accepting public comments on a proposal to ensure the preservation of 107,000 acres of private land that may otherwise be developed. This land will provide valuable habitat for the Florida panther and 18 other imperiled species. With increasing human growth and development in Southwest Florida, habitat suitable for the panther and other wildlife is quickly diminishing. Indeed, there may be as few as 120 adult panthers remaining in the wild. This beautiful symbol of Florida wilderness needs your voice!

Please click HERE and tell FWS “I strongly support landscape-scale habitat conservation planning efforts to provide vital linkages through private lands to public conservation lands in the region.” This will help save our panther for future generations.

The deadline to comment is December 3, 2018, so please act now!

For more information and additional talking points for your comments, click HERE to read an in-depth blog post on this issue. You may also contact Meredith Budd, FWF Southwest Florida Field Representative, (239) 643-4111 or