Target: Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Daniel M. Ashe
Goal: Help grizzly bears recover by protecting essential habitat for these amazing animals
While grizzly bears are making a comeback in both the Yellowstone National Park and Glacier Parks, their numbers only account for 4% of their original range in the lower 48 states. If we want the grizzly bears to stay around for the next century, their range and numbers need to increase. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service need to expand upon plans for the grizzly bears by providing them with more habitats.
The grizzly bear is extremely iconic, as it is featured on the California state flag and is the mascot for the University of Montana and Berkeley. However the species is in jeopardy as their small habitat size causes the bears to inbreed. Other factors like climate change and human activity have reduced their numbers. Scientists in the Sierra Nevadas have already seen what warm winters have done to the bears’ sleep cycle, and unless immediate solutions are found, bears are at risk of running into humans.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs to expand on its plans so grizzly bears will be around for centuries to come. Bears could be relocated to areas in the Sierra Nevadas, the Gila/Mogollon in Arizona, New Mexico, Uinta Mountains, and the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This could increase the grizzly bear population to 6,000, also increasing their survivability rate and allowing the species to thrive for generations to come. Currently their plans for the bears are outdated, which places the bears at risk. Just like the wolves in the United States, grizzly bears are a species that humans love and hate. The organization needs to focus on these bears as much as they have focused on wolves and provide them with adequate habitats. Help the bears’ plight by signing this petition; urge the Fish and Wildlife Service to be the force that keep these bears around.
Dear Daniel M. Ashe,
While the numbers for grizzly bears are recovering, unfortunately their population is still too small to be sustainable in the next few centuries. These bears will be forced to inbreed, and their sleeping habits have already changed because of warming winters. Their livelihood is dependent upon humans, but unfortunately we are being irresponsible and hurting their species.
I am writing this letter to urge you to expand the bears’ territory. I want you to move them to various locations like the Grand Canyon in Arizona, or the Unita Mountains in Utah, where they will be free to roam and mate with little human interaction. Your organization has focused heavily on wolves, and I am asking you to do the same for the bears. All animals deserve a place to live, but humans are taking away that freedom with our houses and other industrial activities. Give them a chance to thrive and live for several more centuries.
[Your Name Here]
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