Save One of the World’s Rarest Mammals from Extinction

Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Grant the critically endangered Humboldt marten official protection under the Endangered Species Act

The Humboldt marten, a carnivorous mammal about the size of a house cat, once abundantly populated the west coast of North America. The expansion of the United States’ logging industry all but wiped out the species when it felled much of its old-growth forest habitat, leading environmental scientists to declare the creature extinct in the 1940s. Recent sightings have proven that the Humboldt marten isn’t yet extinct–just very, very rare. But despite their numbers totaling less than 100, the Humboldt marten still hasn’t been officially placed on the endangered species list.

There’s no question that the small mammal, a cousin to minks and otters, is in need of human intervention to ensure its survival. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has so far failed to grant the species protection under the Endangered Species Act. As of now, the Humboldt martens surviving in California and Oregon are on their own. And unless we act soon, they may face extinction before they receive protection.

We can’t expect the endangered species of the world to survive in the face of human industrial activity unless we take precautions to make sure that we preserve their habitats. The Endangered Species Act was put in place to protect animals like the Humboldt marten from being lost forever, but it can’t work as intended unless it’s applied quickly and accurately. Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to save the Humboldt marten by listing it as officially endangered today.


Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

The Humboldt marten is one of the most endangered mammals in the world. There are fewer than 100 of these mink-like animals living in the wilds of California and Oregon, but so far no official measures have been put in place to save the species from extinction. It’s still not on the endangered species list–and unless it’s granted the full protection of the Endangered Species Act soon, it may not live to see its population grow back to a sustainable level.

This once-common mammal faced severe habitat loss over the past 100 years when the logging industry decimated much of the west coast’s old growth forest. Scientists had declared the Humboldt marten extinct, but a sighting in 1996 and a photograph captured in 2009 have proven that the creature still survives against all odds. But without human protection, there’s no guarantee that this rare predator will be able to keep its numbers up.

Like all critically endangered species, the Humboldt marten needs our help to survive. This rare and secretive creature deserves the protection of the Endangered Species Act. I ask that you officially list the Humboldt marten as an endangered species immediately.

[Your Name Here]


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