Target: National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis
Goal: Reintroduce the grizzly bear to the North Cascades National Park
The grizzly bear is an iconic image of the western United States, but this bulky, imposing animal has not been seen in this area for decades due to habitat destruction and human activities. However, the U.S. National Park Service is conducting a three-year study to see if these animals can be reintroduced to the North Cascades National Park. While there are many opponents to this move, we should remember that grizzly bears, like all other animals, have a place on our planet. Urge National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to reintroduce the grizzly bear back into Washington state.
It is expected that the 10,000 square miles of park land could be one of the best habitats for these animals, giving at least 200 grizzly bears new homes. However, scientists and experts are concerned whether grizzly bears would be able to thrive, considering how humans drove them away from their original homes. The last time a grizzly bear was spotted was in 2010, and before that in 1996. U.S. Forest Service biologist Bill Gaines even laid out traps with motion-sensing cameras to see if a grizzly bear had been through the area. So far, Gaines has seen hundreds of black bears, but not a single grizzly. These findings are no doubt upsetting.
It is rumored that grizzly bears are extinct in Washington state. The bears seem to prefer Canada and Alaska, places that are free of many human dwellings. The action is not popular with cattle ranchers, who already have to contend with wild wolves eating their livestock. Tourists in particular are on the fence about the decision, as wild grizzlies could disrupt their vacation and seriously endanger humans.
Grizzly bears used to be abundant in the west, but humans have forced them to move up north. If humans were able to reintroduce wolves into the Yellowstone National Park, we have a responsibility to do the same for grizzly bears. Sign this petition and urge National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to bring the grizzlies back to the west.
Dear Director Jarvis,
With the successful reintroduction of grey wolves into the Yellowstone National Park, many animal activists are urging for the National Park Service to return grizzly bears back to the wild west. These animals used to roam freely through Oregon, Washington, and California, but now reside in Canada and Alaska. It is because of humans that these bears can no longer live in the western part of the United States.
I implore you to reintroduce the grizzly bear to the North Cascades National Park. This park has prime locations for the bears to live, providing them with ample space to roam and hunt. It is time humans brought back the animals that we’ve chased out, and ensure that they have a place on our planet.
[Your Name Here]
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