Restore Endangered Grizzly Bears to the Cascades

Target: David Bernhardt, Secretary of the Interior

Goal: Restore endangered grizzly bears to the Northern Cascades.

Endangered grizzly bears are in trouble as the Department of the Interior has halted plans to reintroduce the species in the Northern Cascade Mountains of Washington State. The grizzly bear population is critically low in this area, with only an estimated ten individuals remaining. This can be compared with Montana, where the population has recovered to about 700 individuals. Conservation groups have pushed for grizzly bears to be reintroduced to the North Cascades, especially because they play an important role as the apex predator in the ecosystem.

Due to over-hunting in the early 20th century, grizzly bears were nearly wiped out but have recovered in some regions. The grizzly bear habitat in Washington has a similar area as in Montana and Wyoming, but recovery in the state has been elusive. This is because the grizzly bears in the North Cascades are isolated from populations in the Rockies, and with such a small population finding a mate is challenging.

Importing grizzly bears to the area would provide more mating opportunities that would hopefully allow the population to recover. The Department of the Interior’s decision not to reintroduce grizzly bears in the area neglects the danger the Cascade grizzly bear population is in. Grizzly bears are an endangered species and should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, but instead their chance at recovery is being thrown out.

Demand that grizzly bears in the Northern Cascades be given a chance at recovery. Sign the petition below to call for the Department of the Interior to reopen plans to reintroduce grizzly bears in Washington.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Bernhardt,

The decision not to proceed with reintroduction of grizzly bears into Washington will be disastrous for the North Cascade ecosystem. Grizzly bears play an important role as the apex predator, and in Washington their population is critically low. The species is endangered and could go extinct if more grizzly bears aren’t reintroduced to the area.

Over-hunting from nearly a century ago is still affecting grizzly bears. The population in Washington is currently estimated at ten, which is extremely low. Importing grizzly bears into the backcountry of the North Cascades would allow this important species to recover. I demand that you reopen and move forward with the Environmental Impact Statement to reintroduce grizzly bears in Washington.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gregory Smith




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5 Comments

  1. I can only wonder why ? Once the numbers reach a level that is almost sustainable the farmers, hunters and Govt. officials, in cahoots, will authorise the killing of the bears back to an unsustainable level again. It has happened so many times and until America stops its love affair with guns and hunting it will continue ad-infinitum..

  2. The only good hunter is a dead hunter.Hunt the hunters.An eye for an eye!

  3. Doreen Mavrides says:

    I totally agree with the comment made by Michelle Taylor. Also, hunters are evil vessels doing their evil acts.

  4. Jose Espino says:

    I always encourage hunters to make hunting the best thrill they ever had by hunting each other. What can be more of an adrenaline rush to a shooter than to shoot something that is able to shoot back at them. If you miss your first shot, you wont have a second chance. That’s lot better than the bear that ain’t got none.

  5. Justin Recht says:

    David Bernhardt – how do you want to be remembered?
    Another official that did not care or someone your family and offspring can be proud of:
    “Yes our father, grandfather is responsible for preserving this area so that wildlife is here for us to be enjoyed”.

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