Target: Pennsylvania Game Commission
Goal: Add resident bat species to the state of Pennsylvania’s list of endangered species
A deadly fungus has caused a sharp population decline in three types of resident bat species in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has considered adding these animals to its endangered species list to further protect them, but has not yet taken action. While the commission deliberates, more bats are dying. Tell Pennsylvania’s Game Commission to add bats to its endangered species list immediately in order to better protect and conserve this valuable species.
Since 2008, a fungus has been identified as a major cause of death to three resident bat species in Pennyslvania. The fungus was first discovered in eastern states and Canada in 2006, and has since killed up to 7 million bats. As a result, Pennsylvania has seen a 99 percent decrease in some of its bat populations, which has increased the mosquito population across the state and has led to more West Nile virus infections and deaths. Furthermore, more pesticides are being sprayed to combat mosquitos, posing a significant health threat and great concern to residents.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has discussed adding the Northern Long-Eared Bat, the Tri-Colored Bat, and the Little Brown Bat to its endangered species list. The commission has also considered restricting human entry to areas where the bats hibernate, and restricting timber harvesting in breeding grounds during certain seasons. These are wonderful ideas that would help decrease the death rate of bats in Pennsylvania and should be put into action immediately.
Dear Pennsylvania Game Commission,
Your commission has deliberated on whether or not to add the Northern Long-Eared Bat, the Tri-Colored Bat, and the Little Brown Bat to the State’s endangered species list. In the meantime, more bats are dying and mosquito populations are increasing, which has already cost nine people their lives due to West Nile virus infections.
You have compiled great ideas for saving this valuable animal species and it is time to put your ideas into action. This issue will be discussed in upcoming September meetings, but must not be passed over or treated lightly. Please do not hesitate any longer to protect and conserve these bat species by adding them to your State’s endangered species list.
[Your Name Here]
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