Target: Utah Governor Gary Herbert
Goal: Call for an investigation into the mysterious deaths of thousands of bald eagles in Utah
Bald eagles have been known to fly around Salt Lake City, Utah and are often spotted by people cruising down the highway. Unfortunately, the number of unexpected bald eagle deaths in Utah grew by staggering numbers this month, as state wildlife officials looked for probable links to diseases thought to coincide with the decline of thousands of birds throughout the Great Salt Lake. Throughout the month, wildlife experts have started finding a large number of bald eagles that are crippled or dying from unexplained illnesses. Some of these cases include eagles who exhibit leg paralysis and tremors before they died.
Examinations of the animals were not able to pinpoint what is killing the bald eagles. Scientists have suggested that it may be a disease, and not a pollutant or poison. Grebes, a species of waterfowl, have been seeing the same die-off patterns, and their decline is thought to be linked to the bald eagles deaths because the eagles prey on those birds. Further testing of dead eagles showed that they did not die from poison or lead that could have been from the guns of hunters.
Please sign this petition to tell the Governor of Utah to help fund conservation groups and scientists, so we can figure out what is causing the deaths of the bald eagle population in Utah.
Dear Governor Herbert,
Scientists are working hard to figure out what is causing the deaths of thousands of bald eagles in Utah. It has been difficult to determine what exactly is killing the birds, except that it is not from poison or lead. Scientists believe that the eagles are dying from a disease of some sort, and that it is being transmitted through other birds and prey species. As the governor of Utah, please don’t disregard the situation. If this problem were to receive better funding, then more research could be done to get rid of it.
The bald eagle has always been an important symbol for the United States, and we all want them to thrive. Please help the scientists investigate the problem. It’s already bad enough that the eagles’ habitats are polluted. Scientists need more funds to figure out the real culprit behind the problem.
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Photo Credit: Saffron Blaze via Wikimedia Commons