Defend Endangered West Coast Marten

Target: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Save the highly endangered Humboldt marten from extinction

For the past two years, US Fish and Wildlife Service has been mulling over its decision to protect the highly endangered Humboldt marten. With only a few dozen martens left in existence, they remain in grave peril until action is taken to protect them. The US Fish and Wildlife Service must protect the Humboldt marten and prevent the extinction of this essential mammal.

The Humboldt marten, native to forests in Northern California and Oregon, once roamed in great numbers. Logging and deforestation destroyed its habitat and greatly reduced the population. This small carnivorous mammal, related to the cat and the fox, was a victim of habitat destruction, and declared extinct for fifty years until its rediscovery in 1996. Now, it is believed that there are approximately twenty left in California, and similar number left in Oregon. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has neglected its duty and is letting this animal die out.

In 2010, the US Fish and Wildlife Service was formally asked to protect the Humboldt marten, but has since dragged its feet. Its denial of the environmental threat to the martens has contributed greatly to their decline. Logging has destroyed ninety five percent of the marten’s natural habitat, and under the Endangered Species Act, they are perfectly qualified for the government’s protection.


Dear US Fish and Wildlife Service,

The Humboldt marten has been neglected for far too long. With an estimated one hundred or fewer left, the time is now to step in and protect this animal. Under the Endangered Species Act, you have the power to save the martens, their habitats, and the ecosystem. I strongly suggest that you protect the Humboldt marten from extinction.

The Humboldt marten is absolutely essential to the ecosystem, as all creatures are. These carnivorous creatures feed on other small mammals, keeping their populations in check. Nature is in a perpetual battle for balance, and if it needs the help of humans to retain that balance, then humans must take the necessary actions. I insist that you protect the Humboldt marten in order to protect the natural ecosystem of California and Oregon forests. You have a duty to preserve nature, and you must carry out that duty in every way possible. Please, I urge you to protect the Humboldt marten under the Endangered Species Act.


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