Protect Threatened Wild Argali Sheep

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Target: Mongolian Minister of Nature, Environment, and Tourism

Goal: Enforce protection measures for wild Argali sheep

Wild Argali sheep in Mongolia are threatened to near extinction because of over-hunting and competition with commercial farmers for grazing ground. Located in the south and central Asian mountains, the animals have seen a dramatic decrease in population numbers in recent years, in part because of the poor enforcement of hunting and farming regulations. Because of the rarity of these animals, trophy hunters and tourists often target them. Although efforts have been made to increase awareness and involve locals in the conservation of these creatures, the sparse human population in Mongolia and surrounding regions means that the sheep have little protection.

Largely because of their competition with commercial sheep farmers in the area, these animals are particularly vulnerable to human impact. On top of competition and poaching, they also face risk of disease transmission from domestic livestock and are continually affected by local habitat destruction. Mongolia is an area that has been heavily mined in recent years, and as the number of mines continues to increase, the threat of habitat destruction rises. Miners in the area are also heavily dependent upon subsistence poaching, which is likely the biggest threat these animals face.

While the Mongolian government has attempted to implement some safeguards for protecting these animals, little is done in the region to enforce farming and hunting laws. Tell the Mongolian Minister of Nature, Environment, and Tourism to make protecting wild Argali sheep a priority for his cabinet, and stop commercial farmers and hunters from further endangering this delicate species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Gansukh,

While Mongolia has placed certain limitations on hunting and farming threatened and endangered species, enforcement of these laws has been difficult and the wild Argali sheep population is feeling the effects. As their population continues to decline due to land competition with farmers and trophy and subsistence hunters, the threat of these animals becoming endangered, and even extinct, grows daily. Unless local government and citizens band together to protect these animals, it is likely that they will be gone from Mongolia in the near future.

Because Argali sheep appear to be so susceptible to human actions, it is important that hunting laws and licenses are strictly enforced and that commercial livestock does not devastate all of the local grazing land. The threat of habitat destruction, disease, hunting, and grazing land competition mean that special attention needs to be focused on this fragile species. This is why we ask you and your Ministry to please focus special conservation efforts on Argali sheep. Ensure that commercial farmers and hunters do not further endanger these animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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