Target: Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown
Goal: Keep the gray wolves listed as an endangered species in Oregon.
Gray wolves in Oregon could be removed from the endangered species list due to the fact that they’ve been making a comeback in the state. The option is popular with ranchers, but wildlife lovers and scientists are saying that it’s too soon to take away safeguards meant for the survival of the species. Like many other wolf species in North America, the gray wolf was almost extinct thanks to humans. With barely a hundred of them living in the western part of the United States, the gray wolves need to remain on the endangered species list for several more generations.
There are currently 77 breeding gray wolves in Oregon. The state had four breeding pairs for two consecutive years, and the species’ rate of survival has only increased. This is a stark contrast to 2008 when there wasn’t a single breeding pair, and scientists are marveling at how quickly the species is bouncing back. This shouldn’t be a surprise though, as wolves have been known for their tenacity and resilience, and so long as the animals aren’t shot, they are extremely remarkable predators.
Wolves have never been popular with ranchers or farmers. During harsh winters, wolves will often hunt sickly cattle and sheep, and often times will continue to prey off of the farmers’ livestock because they are easy to hunt and find. When wolves were introduced to Oregon through the federal government, ranchers disagreed with the decision because it would hurt their livestock. The battle is heating up again, as humans will once again decide upon the fate of the gray wolf.
The comeback of various wolf species has led to governments debating on whether wolves should be removed from the endangered species list. With barely a hundred gray wolves in Oregon, the state should not remove these protections and safeguards. The gray wolves are only starting to bounce back and it would be unethical to remove these protections.
Humans have learned to coexist with various other animals–wolves shouldn’t be any different. Sign this petition and urge Governor Kate Brown to keep the red wolf on the state’s endangered species list for several more generations.
Dear Governor Kate Brown,
The wolf is an iconic image of the American frontier. The animal is known for their ferocity, loyalty, and tightly knit packs. However, the wolf has also been vilified through American culture because of their tendency to go after livestock. It is because of this tendency that gray wolves became extinct in Oregon. Now that the species has been introduced to the state and is making a comeback, discussions have erupted about whether to unlist them as endangered.
I implore you to keep the protections correctly afforded to the gray wolves in place. There needs to be higher numbers of wolves in the wild for these safeguards to be removed. I implore you to keep them listed as endangered for several more generations. Gray wolves deserve a chance, especially since humans were responsible for their extinction in the state.
[Your Name Here]
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