12 Florida Panthers Killed by Vehicle Strikes

Cars, trucks and boats are killing endangered species.
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Florida panther

Hi Everyaction,

A young female Florida panther was found dead from a collision with a vehicle along a Glades County highway last week.

Another panther, a two-year-old male, was found dead on a road in Polk County just last month.

So far 12 Florida panthers have died this year — all from getting hit by cars and trucks.

We have to do more to save them and other endangered species.

Please help with a gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund. Your donation today will be matched.

Year after year the leading cause of death for Florida panthers is being struck by vehicles.

In 2021, 27 were killed. Once found throughout the southeastern United States, these powerful, graceful cats eke out a living in a mere 5% of their former range.

Now only 200 or so adult panthers remain in southwest Florida.

Yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is moving ahead with a plan to reduce Florida panthers’ protected status from endangered to threatened.

Wildlife from coast to coast, on land and in water, are put in constant danger by human activity.

California's mountain lions, penned in by highways, are frequent victims of endless sprawl.

This year alone at least 25 Florida manatees have died from getting hit by boats. And vessel strikes are a primary threat to critically endangered right whales.

The science is clear: Wildlife corridors and habitat protection are needed to help panthers, mountain lions, and all wide-ranging creatures survive in a crowded and fast-moving world.

We're doing all we can to save panther habitat and to expand wildlife connectivity for mountain lions. And we're in court to save manatees and right whales, too.

Our team of scientists, lawyers and activists is working every day to save wildlife.

We've been fighting to stop extinction for three decades, and we need you with us more than ever.

Please make a matched gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund so we can protect panthers and other species at risk.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity


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