Don’t Lift Hunting Ban on Grizzly Bears


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

Goal: Don’t take grizzly bears off of the threatened species list and allow them to be hunted.

The federal government hopes to take grizzly gears off of the threatened species list this year and lift the hunting ban on them. The government believes that grizzly bear populations have grown enough to sustain itself. However, many animal conservation groups claim that the population has instead plateaued, and that it’s too soon to allow hunting. Once the bears are delisted, the management of Yellowstone grizzlies will shift from federal government to state government.

When the law was first put into place, as few as 136 bears roamed the Yellowstone National Park. At the time, grizzly bears had been hunted, trapped, and poisoned to near extinction. Many hunters and ranchers, who have strong political power in Western states, strongly advocated the delisting of grizzly bears and argue that their increasing numbers threaten humans, livestock, and other big-game animals. Environmentalists say that the grizzly bear’s recovery could falter if the government doesn’t supply protection. They have even stated that climate change will cause the key food source for the bears to decline. Sign the petition below to urge the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to keep grizzly bears protected.


Dear Director Ashe,

The future of the grizzly bear is too uncertain to lift the hunting ban now. Climate change still poses a threat to these animals and hunters may once again drive them to near extinction. Many environmental groups have stated that the population of grizzly bears has plateaued, and it isn’t certain whether or not these bears will survive if their primary food source, whitebark pine, continues to decline. The Yellowstone grizzly bear is an isolated species that is still experiencing conflicts with people.

The Endangered Species Act has been tremendously successful in preventing the demise of grizzly bears since it was first established in 1975, and it’s important to retain those same protections until the grizzly has a stable future. In 2007, the Fish and Wildlife Service removed the grizzly bear from the threatened species list. At that time, it was also thought that the grizzly could successfully sustain itself. However, after seeing that the grizzly still couldn’t survive on its own, the decision was overturned. I fear that the same mistake is being made again. I ask that you don’t take grizzly bears off the threatened species list.


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  1. Carol Bowen says:

    Leave these poor animals alone. They are not harming anyone !!!

  2. michael guest says:

    This is a bad and terrible thing. Just like the wolves, these bears are also in danger. Now’s not the time to be delisting them. That would put their health, population, and survival at risk of being hunted once again. Reconsider the proposal and keep these wild creatures protected. They deserve better.

  3. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Yup, Ashe will deal with this immediately, right after he finishes lunching with Safari Club International.

  4. Catherine Dugan says:

    Don’t lift the ban on these beautiful animals! They deserve to lead they’re lives without worrying about being hunted down!

  5. Denise Baudin says:

    For God’s sake, leave grizzly gears off of the threatened species list this year and lift the hunting ban on them.

    What’s going to happen to them if you take them off the threatened species list?????? They will end up being slaughtered by greedy “trophy hunters” to make coats and mitts – now, that’s real intellingent!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Marcio Alvarez says:

    Kill the spineless human filth who want to kill these innocent animals, hunt the so called hunters!

  7. keep the grizzly bears protected.

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