Target: U.S. President Barack Obama
Goal: Ensure that even though Congress eliminated federal protection for Western wolves, the wolves will still be safe in Western states
Congress has recently passed a measure eliminating the Endangered Species Act protections for Western gray wolves, which includes all wolves living in the Northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. This may have dire consequences; some government officials are pushing for the total elimination of all wolves in certain areas. Without federal protection, wolves are constantly in danger.
Some states, like Oregon and Washington, are planning ways to draw more wolves into their states. In other areas, however, such as Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah, officials are coming up with harsh plans to manage and contain their wolf populations. Also, some are calling for “the elimination of all wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies.”
Instead of simply destroying and trying to contain wolf populations, states should come up with rational plans for wolf management that are based on science and policy, not on politics. Wolves are still in a precarious position in the U.S., and they still need to be protected. It is in humanity’s best interest to ensure the survival of these animals–not only do they keep ecosystems in balance by managing elk, deer, and caribou populations, they also lure millions of tourists to Yellowstone National Park. Demand that the government continue to protect these important animals.
Dear President Barack Obama,
The gray wolf population in the Western United States has enjoyed an impressive recovery in recent years, thanks to major environmental efforts and initiatives. After all of this progress, Congress voted to remove the protection of the Endangered Species Act for Western wolves because statistically, the protections are no longer necessary. While this marks an important landmark for the wolf’s struggle for survival, it also leaves wolves open to danger and persecution. There are many officials in Western states, like Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah, who are planning harmful ways to manage their wolf populations. The plans they are proposing are more motivated by politics than by care for the environment, and they seem to disregard scientific knowledge on the subject.
Wolves deserve the chance to recover their populations naturally, unhindered by harmful human intervention. It is imperative that the federal government works with these smaller state and local governments to educate them on proper wolf management, and to ensure the welfare of these important animals. In order to properly protect wolves, the federal government must provide information on how to ensure both wolves and humans can coexist successfully. This means sending scientists, environmentalists, and related experts to educate the local officials and communities that inhabit areas with large wolf populations. By educating the public, the federal government can ensure that wolves remain protected, even after the Endangered Species Act has been lifted.
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