Target: California Department of Fish and Game
Goal: Support decision made to nominate gray wolf for the Endangered Species list
Wolves may be returning to California, and the Department of Fish and Game has decided that their restoration to the local ecosystem has importance. The gray wolf has been nominated for protection under the California Endangered Species list. The California Department of Fish and Game should be commended for this action to renew the wolves.
Despite endless exemplary potential wolf habitat, in approximately eighty years there has not been a single gray wolf in California. However, a wolf being tracked by scientists, OR-7, has recently been recorded to be roaming lands in Northern California. With the return of this wolf, biologists are hoping that the wolf population may once again regain some ground in California. Without the protection of the California Endangered Species Act, it becomes impossible to have any hope for the restoration of the wolves.
Wolves serve several essential purposes within the ecosystem, and California’s would be no exception. The Center for Biological Diversity put it this way: “Wolves are a keystone species that benefit their prey populations by culling sick animals and preventing the overpopulation of species such as deer. Studies of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park show that they benefit numerous other species as well, including pronghorn and foxes, by controlling coyote populations; they help songbirds and beavers by dispersing browsing elk and allowing recovery of the streamside vegetation that songbirds and beavers need.” Surely, there is overwhelming evidence to support the recovery of wolves in California. The Department of Fish and Game in California must be commended for nominating the gray wolf for protection.
Dear California Department of Fish and Game,
Recently, a lone wolf was discovered roaming around in Northern California. The gray wolf, once numerous all across the western United States, has endured a long history of slaughter, nearing extinction. I fully support your decision to nominate the gray wolf for protection under the California Endangered Species Act. Hopefully through your actions, the wolf is now one step closer to being restored.
Wolves play an essential role in the ecosystem, keeping the populations of many other animals in check and maintaining the balance of nature. Without human intervention, wolves stand no chance of recovering to their former numbers. Thank you for contributing to the renewal of wolves, and I hope your future actions reflect a similar sentiment.
[Your Name Here]