Target: Executive Director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Goal: Stop the inhumane mass killing of black bears in Florida
Environmental officials in Florida have been killing bears randomly due to an increase in bear sightings and human interference. With little to no habitat left for black bears of Florida, it is no mystery why the bears have been looking for food in human habitat.
Florida wildlife officials recently killed 25 black bears for reasons that are not well supported by science. Officials attempt to keep bear encounters to a minimum by culling numbers, though if the bear-killing trend continues the ecosystem that depends on the bears for stability will be jeopardized. Without a stable food-chain hierarchy, chaos ensues for dependent ecosystems.
Officials claim that there is no other way to deal with the increase in bear sightings and attacks. There are very little wild areas left for the black bears of Florida to reside. Human encroachment on bear habitat is growing, and with this encroachment comes more bear sightings and consequently, more bear killings by the state.
Urge Florida officials to reconsider their extermination plan. Killing off the bears because they have nowhere else to go is not right; Florida citizens need to learn how to coexist with these apex predators, or give them space to live in peace.
Dear Nick Wiley,
The foul treatment of the black bears that inhabit Florida has made national headlines. The wildlife officials with your organization have been killing black bears mercilessly simply because these bears have nowhere else to go. The Florida topography is overrun with human development, leaving virtually no rooms for the black bears to inhabit.
As you know, black bears are an apex predator in Florida. The balance and success of the ecosystem, including human environments, depends on the success of these apex predators. Without them the surrounding ecosystem would be thrown off balance; food sources, water supply and lives would be drastically changed if the bears were gone forever.
As Executive Director you must not allow the worst to come to black bears in Florida. Please reconsider all outlets for dealing with the human encroachment problem and leave killing off of the list for good. The issue is not with the bears, it is with people’s encroachment into what little is left of their territory.
[Your Name Here]
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