Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Keep gray wolves on the endangered species list
The U.S. government has recently made the decision to lift federal protection from the endangered gray wolf species. Many experts in the field of animal conservation say that this is a horrible idea that could halt the expansion of the species. The official ruling on the matter has not been made, leaving time to fight against this plan.
The gray wolf is very important to nature. Wolves remove sick and injured animals, keeping the rest of the animal population healthy. As the gray wolf population grows, we also see an increase in the populations of beaver, red fox, and various plants and trees. Since there has been an overall increase in gray wolves over the past few decades, federal authorities have decided that they no longer need protection. However, this is far from the case. Hunting and environmental loss continue to be issues that threatens the species. Without protection, the species may be overpowered by these issues, and the years of rebuilding the population will be lost.
Public comment regarding this issue is being taken now. Please petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep the gray wolf on the endangered species list. They still need our protection just as much as ever.
Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Plans are underway to remove the gray wolf from endangered species status. I am writing to tell you that this is an unwise decision, as gray wolves still need our protection.
There may have been an overall increase in the gray wolf population over the years, but due to illegal, unregulated hunting and environmental distress, the gray wolf population has already seen a significant decline in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana since the 1990s. If the species loses all federal protection, we may see this same decline across the country. Gray wolves are incredibly important to nature as they remove ill, injured, and weak animals from the population. This keeps disease at bay and ensures that the rest of the population of elk, caribou, bison, and other animals are strong. In fact, we have even seen an increase in several other species’ populations in areas where the gray wolves have been reintroduced.
The gray wolf population may be increasing in many areas of the U.S., but they still need our protection. We do not have complete control of the issues that threaten the species, and these issues will overpower the population. Please reconsider the idea to remove federal protection from the gray wolves for the sake of the species and the rest of the environment.
[Your Name Here]
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