Don’t Rebuild Road That Threatens Endangered Grizzly Bears

Target: Vicki Christiansen, Chief of the United States Forest Service

Goal: Do not reconstruct road that threatens endangered grizzly bears, caribou and other wildlife.

A road that cuts directly through endangered grizzly bear territory will be reconstructed thanks to a recent decision made by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. In addition to threatening grizzly bears, this Northern Idaho road will harm mountain caribou, Canadian lynx, and other wildlife in the Selkirk Mountains.

Bog Creek Road, which runs east-to-west along the Idaho-Canada border, was closed by the Forest Service in the 1980’s to protect grizzly bears, which are listed under the Endangered Species Act. The road is now overgrown with vegetation and is critical habitat for the bears and other sensitive wildlife. According to Brad Smith of the Idaho Conservation League, the road sits in the “highest-priority area for grizzly bear recovery in the entire Selkirk Mountains.”

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol argue that they need to restore the road to monitor border security, though they have provided no evidence of current threat. In response, five conservation groups sued the two federal agencies in fear of the impacts reconstructing the road will have on wildlife. Andrea Santarsiere, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said “Building a road through this pristine area of Northern Idaho would be an absolute disaster for already struggling populations of grizzly bear and caribou.” Sign below to demand the U.S. Forest Service reverse their decision to reconstruct the road and instead work to preserve grizzly bear and other sensitive wildlife populations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Christiansen,

Decades of hard work to preserve grizzly bear populations could be reversed under your decision to reconstruct Bog Creek Road.

This road runs directly through vital habitat for grizzly bear, caribou, Canadian lynx, wolverine, and other important wildlife in the Selkirk Mountains. Reconstructing this road would be a waste of taxpayer dollars, as there are many other avenues the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol can access the border through if there is a perceived threat.

I demand that you halt the reconstruction of Bog Creek Road and instead work to increase security for grizzly bears and other wildlife.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jean Beaufort


9 Comments

  1. Anne-Mari Gavin says:

    Only one wish for ALL animal abusers/killers -‘ CORONA VIRUS!!!!!

  2. Become civilised! Death wish for these moronic animal abusers!

  3. Wildlife has a had enough time surviving without assholes in our government making their survival that much harder. Don’t they realize this planet is in its 6th extinction of species right now!! Stop fucking with the wildlife that all Americans are meant to view.

  4. Can anyone explain why a backwoods road, that I understand is dirt, is a threat to wildlife?

    • Frank Staples – Use your brains you lowlife scumbag.

      • Well, thank you Bev, for such an informative answer. Could it be that you smarted off because you actually have no clue about the road? Yes? No? You did make it obvious that you didn’t have an answer to my question whether it was from your ignorance or your simply wanting to be bitchy! Oh, the reason for the question was because I deal with forest roads on about a weekly basis and I’ve never seen or heard ( from the wildlife guys and girls that I talk with ) that they are a problem to any type of wildlife.

  5. Vicki Christiansen, Chief of the United States Forest Service

    Please do not reconstruct road that threatens endangered grizzly bears, caribou and other wildlife.

  6. Jose Espino says:

    People that lead people are sometimes the worst kind of people.

  7. Justin Recht says:

    Back roads serve only hunters.

    Chief Vicki – please let a love for preserving Nature rule!

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