Target: Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (MFWP)
Goal: Extend safe roaming territory for Bison outside of Yellowstone National Park
For many years, wild bison in Montana have been unnecessarily attacked and killed by ranchers and have received no support from state and federal government agencies. The bison that reside in Yellowstone National Park are the only wild population left due to the mass slaughter of these creatures, and though they are a protected species in the park, any bison that roam outside the Yellowstone borders are continually killed. Urge the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (MFWP) to expand the habitat for these bison and make it illegal to hunt and kill them outside of Yellowstone National Park.
Bison that roam outside of Yellowstone are threatened because ranchers believe that they spread disease, such as brucellosis, to their cattle. While this can happen, the risk of transmission from bison to cattle is extremely low, and it is unjust to destroy bison populations solely as a precautionary measure. These bison require more room to make their habitat, as they are a growing species under the protection of Yellowstone. Sadly, whenever they journey outside the park, they are not only unprotected but are brutally hunted and slaughtered.
Aggressive ranchers have influenced government agencies such as the National Park Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and are backed by multiple livestock associations. Because of this, bison have lost the support of influential groups that would otherwise lobby in favor of their growing populations if not persuaded to support livestock interests at their expense.
Urge the MFWP to support the growing populations of wild bison and ask this influential organization to extend the habitat for these animals in Montana, as well as make it illegal to hunt and slaughter them outside the bounds of Yellowstone National Park.
Dear Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
For many years, ranchers have hunted and slaughtered wild bison to prevent potential diseases from spreading to their cattle. These ranchers have influenced government agencies to protect livestock at the expense of bison populations, and this must stop. Wild bison are protected in Yellowstone National Park, but their growing numbers require more habitat. Sadly, they cannot safely survive outside of Yellowstone if they are continually killed in mass.
I urge you to extend territory for wild bison and make it illegal to hunt and kill their populations. Bison deserve more room to safely grow in number, and they should not be threatened with extinction simply because ranchers want them eliminated.
[Your Name Here]
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