Encourage Montanans to Safely Deter Grizzly Bears from Chicken Pens

Target: Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Foundation

Goal: Encourage Montanans to install non-lethal electric fences around chicken pens in order to protect grizzly bears, chickens and humans

In Montana, there has been a recent increase in people raising chickens, leading to an increase in grizzly bear interactions with humans. These interactions often do not end well for the bears and the humans, since humans do not often know how to safely deter the bears from their chicken pens. The Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Foundation needs to encourage the Montana citizens to install non-lethal electric fences in order to protect the grizzly bears, chickens, and humans.

When grizzly bears, one of the nation’s most beloved endangered species, repeatedly break into the chicken coops to feed, they become food-conditioned and lose their ability and desire to hunt natural prey. If a grizzly is caught as a repeat offender, local authorities often see it fit to put the bear down, in order to protect property. An expert on grizzly bears, Dr. Chris Servheen is especially frustrated, saying in this New York Times Article, ”Does it make sense to kill a grizzly because of a 25-cent chicken?”

With the installation of non-lethal electric fences, the humans will provide a way to deter the bears from their chickens. Not only will this protect the chickens, it will also discourage the bears from seeking out chickens as a food source, and bears will learn to avoid them. The installation of fences would protect the chickens, bears, and humans alike, and the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Foundation needs to make it their goal to encourage the use of those fences.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Foundation,

A great conflict has arisen in your midst between chicken farmers and local grizzly bears. The endangered grizzly bears, looking for an easy meal with the caged chickens, are not faring well, often being put down for feeding on those chickens. I suggest that you encourage the chicken farmers to install non-lethal cages in order to keep the bears and the chickens safe.

With the installation of non-lethal electric fences, the humans will provide a way to deter the bears from their chickens. Not only will this protect the chickens, it will also discourage the bears from seeking out chickens as a food source, and bears will learn to avoid them. The installation of fences would protect the chicken, bears, and humans alike, and you need to make it a goal to encourage the use of those fences. Please, I urge you to persuade the use of fences and keep the chickens, bears, and humans safe.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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