Target: Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon
Goal: Work to relist wolves as an endangered species in Oregon to protect them from extinction.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission recently stripped endangered species protections from wolves in the state of Oregon. The decision was approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Brown. That delisting came over the vocal opposition of scientists and activists alike.
The Center for Biological Diversity notes that Oregon “ignor[ed] comments from 25 scientists” in removing protections from the wolves, while an activist speaking on behalf of Oregon Wild told Oregon Public Broadcasting that, “The state didn’t just ignore the best available science, they preferentially treated statements from scientists that supported their predetermined decisions over those that were critical.” Oregon’s biodiversity is too important to surrender to political expediency and flawed scientific review.
Despite scientific controversy over removing protections from Oregon’s wolves, wildlife commissioners in the state are blithe about their actions. One simply told Oregon Public Broadcasting, “I think the wolves in Oregon are going to be fine.” That statement comes when Oregon has a known population of 81 gray wolves and according to Oregon Public Broadcasting, “is years away” from maintaining “seven breeding pairs for three consecutive years.”
Moreover, the agricultural communities that make up most of the support for delisting wolves are not united in calling for the removal of endangered species protections. Ellen Marmon of Eugene Oregon, whose herds have suffered from predation by wolves, told Oregon Public Broadcasting that, far from supporting delisting, she has “watched in awe and wonder the return of wolves to this state.”
Tell Oregon Governor Kate Brown to listen to the voices of scientists and activists who value Oregon’s natural bounty. Sign on to tell Governor Brown to work to relist Oregon’s wolves.
Dear Governor Kate Brown,
Everyone makes mistakes. In the light of political clamor and agitation from agricultural interests to strip endangered species protections from Oregon’s wolves, it is understandable that you would acquiesce to the decision of your legislature and the Fish and Wildlife Commission. You, however, have the unusual opportunity to act with the benefit of hindsight to correct your error.
Listen to the voices of your state’s environmental activists. While wildlife commissioners may brush environmental concerns aside, telling the press, “the wolves in Oregon are going to be fine,” Oregon’s environmentalists are skeptical. Both The Center for Biological Diversity and Oregon Wild have serious concerns about the scientific evidence used to support delisting wolves.
As Oregon Wild told Oregon Public Broadcasting, “The state didn’t just ignore the best available science, they preferentially treated statements from scientists that supported their predetermined decisions over those that were critical.” Listen, too, to those in Oregon’s agricultural community who value their state’s natural resources. Ellen Marmon of Eugene, Oregon, whose herds have suffered from predation by wolves, told Oregon Public Broadcasting that, far from supporting delisting, she has “watched in awe and wonder the return of wolves to this state.”
While you cannot act unilaterally to restore protections that the legislature removed, you can make a public push to defend Oregon’s wildlife. Use your influence, your persona, and your platform to turn back the serious threat to which you have exposed Oregon’s vulnerable gray wolf population.
[Your Name Here]
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