Target: Tony Wasley, Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife
Goal: Save a wild black bear now in captivity from being killed or sent to a zoo
Heavenly, a one-year-old black bear who had to be rescued after injuring himself, faces an uncertain future in Nevada. Wildlife officials determined he has become dependent on humans and can’t survive on his own in the wild, leaving them with the options of euthanasia, confining him in a small zoo enclosure for the rest of his life, or placing him in an animal sanctuary.
Animal rescuers saved Heavenly after he injured himself near a ski lift in Lake Tahoe and rehabilitated him at the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center for about a month. Shortly after his release back into the wild he was seen near the same lodge and had to be removed from the area yet again.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife believes his only options are euthanasia, a life of confinement in a zoo enclosure, or placement at an animal sanctuary. Killing Heavenly would be an injustice to a wild young bear who learned to depend on humans through no fault of his own. He may have returned to the lodge due to an improper handing of garbage and food scraps, and was forced to rely on the humans rehabilitating him after his injury–an experience which surely left an impression.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy described the situation as “a disaster for this magnificent animal” and stated that “wild animals should not be in cages their whole life.” Demand that the Nevada Department of Wildlife place Heavenly in an animal sanctuary where he can experience the most natural, highest quality of life possible.
Dear Mr. Wasley,
Heavenly, the one-year-old black bear who had to be rescued after injuring himself near a ski lift in Lake Tahoe, deserves the most natural, highest quality of life possible after being made dependent on humans through no fault of his own.
Euthanizing Heavenly would be a cruel injustice. Animal rescuers at the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center should be commended for saving and rehabilitating him after his injury, but Heavenly should not be killed for learning to rely on them for survival.
Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy was quoted in the Associated Press as being against the permanent captivity of wild animals. If Heavenly is sent to a zoo that is exactly what would happen: he would be caged in a small enclosure for the rest of his life. I urge you to stand behind his value statement and choose the most humane option for Heavenly. Transfer him to an animal sanctuary and allow him to experience the most natural and highest quality of life possible.
[Your Name Here]
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