Target: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Goal: Protect the last 300 wolverines in the U.S. from imminent extinction
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not consider wolverines to be an endangered species, despite urgings from ecologists and conservationists. Wolverines are a vital part of the Northern American ecosystem, as they scavenge carrion left by larger predators and keep small mammal populations under control. Because wolverines require large habitats with relatively few other wolverines, human expansion has greatly interfered with their ability to live comfortably. Human encroachment into wolverine territory and overhunting has left only an estimated 300 wild wolverines in the U.S.
Conservationists have tried to get the wolverine listed as endangered many times but have been repeatedly denied. The Fish and Wildlife Service has claimed that wolverines are not in significant danger from climate change, but that is not the only threat to the animals. Adding wolverines to the endangered species list would make trapping them illegal, a great step towards increasing the dwindling wolverine population.
By putting wolverines on the endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would be recognizing that this animal is an important part of our ecosystem, while protecting its already very small population from dwindling further. Classifying wolverines as endangered will protect them from trapping and poaching, sending the message that these are important, valued animals deserving of our protection. It’s time to take action to save these animals before the last of the estimated 300 die out.
Dear Secretary Jewel,
Despite urgings and the repeated efforts of conservationists and ecologists, the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service does not yet recognize wolverines as an endangered species. Past campaigns have been met with opposition that claims climate change is not a significant enough factor in wolverine habitat denigration, but that is not the only factor affecting their demise—wolverines are territorial animals that require a lot of space, and human encroachment onto their territory, coupled with trapping, poisoning, and poaching, has caused the wolverine population to dwindle to no more than 300 in the U.S.
In the past, you have worked with conservationist groups like the National Parks Conservation Association, and in 2009 you received an award for your dedication to wildlife conservation. As Secretary of the Interior and thus the overseer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, you are in a great position to help protect these animals. With an estimated 300 wolverines remaining in the wild, there isn’t much time left—I ask that you use your position to push for classifying these animals as endangered before its too late.
[Your Name Here]
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