Target: Noreen Walsh, Director of the Rocky Mountain Region of Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Don’t reject proposal to list the wolverine as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act
In 2013, a proposal was put forth to name wolverines as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Right now, there are about 300 wolverines in the continental United States. Their habitat has been destroyed by global warming and without it, they cannot survive or reproduce. Over the next 75 years, global warming is expected to destroy 63% of the snowy habitat that they need to survive. This is all pushing the wolverine towards extinction, and after years of research, the government finally took action.
The scientists of the Obama administration agree that the wolverine populations are declining. Therefore, it is surprising that Noreen Walsh, the Director of the Rocky Mountain Region of Fish and Wildlife Service was able to steamroll over this and write a memo getting rid of the proposal.
After the proposal to list the wolverine as threatened was put forth, the states that would be affected — like Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, fought it. They called for a committee of scientists to determine the accuracy of the endangerment. All scientists on the panel agreed that, over the long run, global warming will negatively affect the wolverine, potentially to the point of extinction. This decision is doubly upsetting considering that the Obama administration has made several claims saying that they are pro-science and would never let the government get in the way of a scientific decision.
This reversal displays political disturbance in what should be a scientific decision. Therefore, we are calling on Noreen Walsh, who wrote the memo ending the wolverine’s proposal on the endangered species list. They need to be on the list if their populations are threatened. If human climate change is going to destroy habitats, then the least we could do is protect the animals affected.
Dear Director Walsh,
We are disappointed to hear that you have called for the wolverine to be taken off consideration for the endangered species list. As an animal with a dwindling population — because of man-made climate change — we feel it is our duty to put the wolverine on the list. Then, we can provide the wolverine with the protection it requires.
Therefore, we are calling on you to rescind your statement and allow the wolverine to be put on the endangered species list. Political bargaining aside, the wolverine is threatened according to all scientific research. To retain your credence as a bureaucracy, you need to do the right thing.
[Your Name Here]
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