Prevent Hunting of Grizzly Bears in Yellowstone

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Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe

Goal: Don’t lift threatened species protections for grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park that prohibit hunting.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to lift the threatened species protections for grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park because the species population has rebounded to a healthier number. While it’s great news that these beautiful creatures no longer have to be listed as threatened, lifting these protections means that the bears would be open for public hunting.

Although the bear population is doing much better than it was back in 1975 when there were only 136 bears in the Yellowstone area, animal activists argue that opening the population up to public hunts could quickly drive the 700 bear population back down to dangerous lows.

Despite the fact that Montana Governor Steve Bullock said the grizzly population would be managed responsibly and he would try to make it so that public hunts don’t kill bears in Yellowstone, a draft agreement obtained by the Associated Press reportedly shows how many bears are allowed to be killed by hunters within the area.

Just because these innocent creatures are finally doing well again doesn’t mean they should be allowed to be killed. Urge officials to prevent hunting of grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Ashe,

The population of grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park has rebounded thanks to protections that your agency now wants to lift. It’s wonderful that these animals are no longer threatened, but lifting these protections means that these bears can be publicly hunted. This could have dire results for this potentially fragile population.

These bears are finally doing better and that doesn’t mean they should be shot down. I urge you to prevent hunting of grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park to protect these innocent animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Denali National Park and Preserve

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