Reject Inadequate Conservation Plans for Grizzly Bears

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Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Provide grizzly bears adequate federal protection by revising current conservation plan

Federal protection for the grizzly bears of Montana is about to be lessened, as their status changes from “endangered” to “threatened.”  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has drafted a new conservation plan that will protect grizzly bears despite the lack of government funding; however, this plan may not be enough.

The new plan entails a monitored habitat of over 27 million acres and will include the Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, and the Rock Mountain Front.  While this may sound very large, it may not be a large enough stretch to cover what is needed for the grizzly bears.   Also, human error is one of the largest reasons that the species became endangered in 1975, with hunting and urbanization being major causes.  Meanwhile, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming have all announced plans to resume bear hunting once the species is demoted.  When this happens, the bears will be back to where they started when they became endangered.  We must ensure rehabilitation of the species, and this conservation plan may not be sufficient in the long run.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to ensure the continuing population growth of the grizzly bears in Montana, but its plan is flawed.  Public comment is being taken now.  Please ask that they reconsider the decision to demote the grizzly bears’ status and use the funds to create a better conservation plan for grizzly bears.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

I am writing to ask you to reconsider your plans to demote grizzly bears from the endangered species list.  Although your intentions in the new conservation plan are great, without the proper amount of federal funding it will not successfully protect the grizzly bear population.

First off, the plan is flawed in that protected space is limited.  The grizzly bear population needs a larger space to repopulate.  Also, protection from natural predators and human error will not be sufficient, especially as states surrounding the area are already planning to allow bear hunting in the region.  If the grizzly bear is kept on the endangered species list, then there will be adequate funding to protect the bears with an improved plan.

Please ensure that the grizzly bear population thrives and reconsider your decision to change their endangered status.  A stronger plan for conservation is needed, and by the time the grizzly bears are demoted in 2014, the given plan will not be enough.  More time is needed for the bears to repopulate and a stronger conservation plan is needed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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