Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Save isolated grizzly bear population from being wiped out by human activity.
Grizzly bears, once listed by the federal government as a threatened species and protected under the Endangered Species Act, are now populous enough to fit the “least concern” conservation classification, a status given to species who are no longer considered conservation-dependent. An isolated group of grizzly bears in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, however, hasn’t bounced back quite as quickly. The Cabinet-Yaak grizzlies, unlike other regional populations like the Glacier and Yellowstone grizzlies, are experiencing an excruciatingly slow recovery.
Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bears, occupying the mountains of Northwest Montana, have struggled to maintain their numbers, and only recently began seeing a positive population growth rate. These growth statistics, however, were less than favorable, showing growth at a rate of around 1%. The total Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear population currently hovers around fifty, in stark contrast to other grizzly populations that number in the thousands and grow at triple the rate of the Cabinet-Yaak grizzlies. Wildlife officials claim that human impacts are the central cause of the bears’ troubles.
With an increase in federal protections, this isolated group of bears could potentially fully recover from endangerment and become a conservation success story like their fellow grizzlies in other locations. Without them, the bears could easily die out completely, as their mortality rates continue to soar at the hands of humans. Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to enact protections for the imperiled Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear before it’s too late.
Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Grizzly bears have bounced back from endangered status in many regions, the Glacier and Yellowstone regions among them. One population, however, the Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear, has not been as lucky. Human impacts continue to negatively affect the species’ success, which is marred by high mortality rates and relatively poor population growth. The Cabinet-Yaak grizzlies currently number about fifty, with a growth rate of 1%, in dramatic contrast to the populations of other regions who number in the thousands and grow at three times that rate.
Human impacts have been named as the central reason for the Cabinet-Yaak grizzlies’ inability to thrive as other regional grizzly populations do. Every Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear lost to these human impacts is an enormous blow to this relatively tiny population. We, the undersigned, urge you to enact specific federal protections for the grizzly bears of the Cabinet-Yaak region.
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