Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Do not take grizzly bears living in the Yellowstone National Park region off of the endangered species list.
Officials may take grizzly bears off of the endangered species list in the Yellowstone region despite the fact that doing so may severely hurt other animals and an entire economic community. Activists need to take action to try and ensure this majestic animal still has much needed protections so that grizzly bears, other animals, and people have a better chance to thrive.
Grizzly bears are important because they make sure prey animal populations do not get out of control. When too many prey animals are present, food sources can quickly deplete, causing other animals to starve and less animals to survive. Animals become weak and reproduce at lower rates when they become sick or diseased when they are not able to get the proper nutrition from everyday food sources, or because they are exposed to too many sick animals in the particular ecosystem. More diseases in an area can throw off the entire balance of the ecosystem, making it so many other animals may become in danger of going extinct.
Grizzly bears also help to draw tourists to the area. In fact, it is estimated that if tourists have less chances to see a grizzly bear upon visiting the park, $10 million in annual revenue would be lost. Considering tourism is one of the three major ways that Wyoming—where the park is mainly located–makes money, taking this animal off of the endangered species list so that people can hunt these bears is a very bad idea.
Sign this petition and urge the Obama administration to keep the grizzly bears living at Yellowstone National Park on the endangered species list in order to better help both animals and economic communities thrive. Allowing people to hunt them may prove to be devastating to both the environment and to people who live in surrounding communities.
Dear President Obama,
It is currently being speculated whether or not grizzly bears should stay on the endangered species list at Yellowstone National Park. It is important that these animals maintain their protections in order to ensure that they, as well as other animals and people, have a better chance to thrive.
These bears make sure the number of prey animals stay within a controllable ratio, as more prey animals present means that more animals will starve as a result of stiffer competition for food. Disease is then spread throughout various animal populations because the animals cannot get adequate nutrition. In addition, because large predator animals like the grizzly bear make sure there are less sick animals that infiltrate a particular area, other animals have a better chance of remaining healthy. Several sick animals would put the entire ecosystem in complete turmoil, since when many diseases spread throughout an area, it makes it more likely that other species of animals will get sick and therefore be in greater danger of dying off.
Grizzly bears are even responsible for ensuring a large number of tourists visit Yellowstone National Park. Experts surmise that $10 million in annual revenue will be lost if tourists have less of a chance to see a grizzly bear while visiting. Since Yellowstone National Park is mostly located in Wyoming and since one of Wyoming’s major sources of income is derived from tourist dollars, removing this animal from the endangered species list and allowing people to hunt it would likely adversely affect the economic community to a great extent.
I therefore urge you to support keeping grizzly bears on the endangered species list in the Yellowstone region. Other animals and even people will likely be much better off as a result.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Scott Calleja