Target: Montana Governor Steve Bullock
Goal: Praise decision to return bison to their historic range
Bison are an iconic image of early America. Rolling, golden plains occupied by hundreds of bison herds can be seen in many films and books depicting earlier, unindustrialized times. Sadly, human sprawl has not been kind to the native herds of bison. Displacement is now common, with many herds residing in non-native sanctuaries and other arrangements. However, times are changing and bison will once again traverse their native land, thanks to the Governor Steve Bullock of Montana.
Under the jurisdiction of Governor Bullock, 146 wild bison will be transported to 25,000 acres of prairie on Sioux and Assiniboine tribal land. The bison will come from Yellowstone National Park, where they made up the last remaining wild bison in the United States. The bison have endured five years of quarantine prior to their relocation, undergoing evaluation and tests to ensure that they are free from disease. This reintroduction has taken some time due to the fear of wild bison transferring disease to livestock.
The decision has been approved and an action plan in place; bison will once again roam the western grasslands. This is a major step to ensure the bison in America have a successful and long future. Applaud the governor of Montana for this monumental decision.
Dear Governor Bullock,
I am writing to thank you for your decision to reintroduce bison to their native, western grasslands. The bison involved in the reintroduction have been monitored closely for five years to ensure their health is pristine. I understand that livestock owners have been hesitant about wild, free-roaming bison in the west due to the possibility of disease, which farm animals would be susceptible to. Thank you for acknowledging those involved in ensuring the bison are disease free; without them, bison would not be going home.
This is a major victory for the bison of America. Please continue to be a positive influence for the wildlife of Montana. Knowledge is a powerful tool in this situation. I urge you to always consider the facts of any given situation to help wild animals thrive.
The Assiniboine and Sioux tribal lands will change for the better with the addition of bison. The western grasslands will once again look complete, and ecosystems will begin to reflect earlier, healthier times.
[Your Name Here]
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