Target: Georgia Department of Transportation
Goal: Thank Georgia Department of Transportation for planning underground road crossings for bears and other wildlife
Georgia’s Department of Transportation is aware that the state’s vulnerable black bears must be protected. To combat the number of vehicle strikes on the bears, the department is planning to build tunnels that will burrow below major state highways. Bears, as well as other species like deer and foxes, will be able to safely move from one forested area to another without being forced to actually cross the highways.
These tunnels are very beneficial for Georgia’s black bear population. The bears have been living in the southeast region of the United States for thousands of years, and they are an important part of the ecosystem. Unfortunately, black bear numbers have been steadily decreasing in Georgia since the eighteenth century. While the population has recovered somewhat in recent decades, there are only a few thousand left in the wild.
Although over-hunting has contributed to this population drop, human development has been a much greater threat to these bears. New houses and wide highways cut into the animals’ habitat and pose significant threats to their lives. Many black bears are struck and killed by vehicles every year, and the number of these incidences is increasing.
Now, with the construction of these underground tunnels, black bears can simply scurry underneath highways and emerge unscathed. They will not be as threatened by vehicle strikes and, with any luck, their population numbers will increase. Thank the Georgia Department of Transportation for its commitment to protecting bears and other wild animals in the state.
Dear Georgia Department of Transportation,
I commend your plans to construct underground tunnels that allow black bears to safely cross your state highways. These passageways will be highly beneficial for the bears and other wild species that live in your state.
As you know, the black bear population is on the decline. While their numbers have slightly increased in Georgia over the last decade, the bears continue to be threatened by housing developments and large highways. Many of the animals are struck and killed each year by vehicles, and the number of these incidences is increasing. Soon, there will be so many new roads and cars in Georgia that bear accidents will become a very common occurrence.
Thankfully, you have a plan to protect these creatures. With the construction of the tunnels, bears will be able to travel from one forested area to another without the threat of a vehicle strike. Plus, Georgia residents can safely commute to work, run errands, and pick up their children from school. They will not have to worry about hitting a bear or other large wild animal. Obviously, these tunnels are very beneficial for all the living beings in your state.
Thank you very much for your commitment to the safety and preservation of wildlife in Georgia. With any luck, other U.S. states will follow your lead and build similar tunnels under their highways.
[Your Name Here]
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