Target: The “Bear Man” Lynn Rogers
Goal: Thank Lynn Rogers for his work, and encourage him to keep educating people about bears
Bears are one of the world’s most misunderstood creatures. They are feared and avoided, unless you are Lynn Rogers. Lynn Rogers, or the “Bear Man”, has been working side by side with wild black bears for 42 years. He studies the bears lifestyles and tendencies in order to better educate people about them. Lynn is responsible for many efforts to save bears; he encourages people to understand the beasts, and their needs, in an effort to peacefully coexist with them.
There have been a few bear attacks that have made news recently. As with any animal attack these incidents could lead to escalations of: fear of bears, aggression towards bears, and bear population control. Rogers understands that bears have a bad reputation. He does not believe that the reputation is justified, nor does he believe the recent bear attacks are signs of a trend. Rogers stresses that when bears have plenty of natural food to eat they will not bother humans for their food, and they will not venture into urban settings. They prefer berry bushes over garbage cans, and solidarity over intrusion. He knows that in a bear encounter it is more common to walk away unharmed than be attacked. “There are thousands of people across the country who feed bears and are close to bears every day. They know they are not in danger. The safety records show that.” Rogers is an advocate for the bears, and aims to help others understand bears and their environment.
Rogers is the founder of the Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center (NABC). He has dedicated his life to helping bears, standing up to those that try to shut his operation down. There are those that believe becoming so close to bears and feeding them will make bears aggressive and unafraid of humans. Science has shown that feeding bears does not make them rely on humans. The human population is growing, and our habitats are spreading. Human beings need to be more patient and understanding of the creatures that are affected by this: bears and other wild creatures we encroach upon. Bears need a human like Lynn Rogers. Please let Rogers know he is appreciated, and you support his efforts in the future.
Dear “Bear Man” Lynn Rogers,
The recent publicized bear attacks have bears under radar. It is safe to say that the majority of people are afraid of bears, and dread an encounter. These bear attacks, and the media received, are not going to help the reputation of these omnivores. The bears need a person like you to help people understand them and their lifestyle. Fearing them is not rational; coexisting with them is necessary for the future.
Thank you for your dedication to this misunderstood species. Because of you people will know that bears prefer natural food over the food in their garbage cans or campsites, and that it is possible to coexist with bears when utilizing patience and understanding.
Famed primatologist Jane Goodall is behind your efforts, as am I. I encourage you to continue your studies and cohabitation with these marvelous creatures. Thank you for doing all you can to help them thrive.
[Your Name Here]
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