Target: Wildlife Resources Commission
Goal: Stop needlessly killing wildlife in North Carolina
Recently, a small, three-legged black bear was found living near a housing development in western North Carolina. The bear frequently roamed the development’s gold course, rummaged through trash cans, and even stole food from inside homes. Citing concern for their property, the residents called the Wildlife Resources Commission, a government agency designed to manage the state’s natural resources. The Commission’s response was to simply shoot the bear and remove the body.
This is not a unique situation in North Carolina. As the state becomes more developed, wild animals, such as bears, coyotes, and deer are losing their habitats and wandering into to residential areas. Although the animals can be a nuisance, there have been very few reported attacks and property damage has been minimal. However, the Wildlife Resource Commission terminates most wild animals that come close to people, even if the animals do not pose a threat. The Commission makes very little effort to remove the creatures alive and relocate them to a more remote location.
While few people want a bear in their backyards, animals that venture into housing developments are simply trying to find food. They rarely have an interest in hurting humans and should not be automatically killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There are many wild areas still left in and around North Carolina that could easily serve as new homes for these creatures. Tell the Wildlife Resources Commission to develop a new strategy for coping with wild animals in North Carolina.
Dear Wildlife Resources Commission,
Managing North Carolina’s wild areas is not an easy task. There are numerous problems that must be dealt with swiftly and effectively, and people count on your agency to ensure outdoor safety.
However, your policy to terminate wild animals that are a nuisance to residents is not beneficial for North Carolina. While allowing a bear or coyote to live near humans is not acceptable, shooting the animal should not be the default response. Wild animals are essential to the natural balance of your state. They need to be protected, not terminated. Their habitats are swiftly being destroyed, and shooting them only accelerates their possible extinction. North Carolina without bears and other wild animals is not a reality you or your residents likely desire.
Please establish a new policy that involves helping to relocate these animals instead of simply killing them. Thank you.
[Your Name Here]
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