Target: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service
Goal: Close experimental sheep grazing land that blocks wildlife migration route
There is a swath of land between Idaho and Montana that lies directly in the middle of a prime migration route for east-west traveling animals. Unfortunately, this land is currently used by the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station (USSES), which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service. The USSES is blocking grizzly bears, wolves, and other wildlife from using a key pathway between seasonal habitats.
The USSES sits in a corridor that is located in the Centennial Mountains. This area connects the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with Idaho’s wilderness. The natural geography of the land funnels wild animals right into the fields where experimental sheep grazing takes place. Wildlife is often removed or killed by the farmers who are using these public lands. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The USSES could be moved to a different location, likely saving taxpayers a portion of the $2 million spent each year on the current land. A move would also secure prime land for wildlife.
There has been a proposal to close down the USSES, but sheep industry lobbyists are working hard to prevent that. At this time the USDA is accepting public comment about the fate of the USSES. Take this opportunity to tell the USDA that you want the USSES closed and the migratory corridor opened for wildlife use.
Dear USDA Agriculture Research Service,
The USSES is located in a key migration corridor connecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Idaho’s wilderness. According to biologists, this land is crucial for migrating animals including moose, bears, sheep, wolverine, wolves, and a host of other species. The path of these animals funnels them right onto grazing lands and protective herders often attach or kill the animals.
The research that is being done by the USSES could be done in another location. The current area should be reserved as a wildlife habitat due to its essential role in the migration of animals from east to west. Currently, $2 million dollars is spent each year on the USSES lands. By moving to another location there is potential to save a portion of this money and relieve some of the burden on taxpayers. I urge you to continue to work towards closing the USSES in Dubois, Idaho, along with all its associated grazing lands in the Centennial Mountains. Full closure or relocation of the USSES would mean that migrating wildlife have access to a crucial route in their journey from east to west. I strongly support this option and hope you will continue to fight to protect wildlife.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikipedia