Save Wildlife From Dehydration

Target: Robert Broscheid, Director of Colorado Division of Wildlife

Goal: Create water stations for wildlife.

During drought and hotter weather periods, wildlife requires more available water as they travel their vast range. The accessibility of natural rivers and lakes can vary in wildlife parks, especially those with high tourism. Water stations should exist throughout the park for wildlife access.

Rocky Mountain National Park is home to a vast range of species. Many of these animals spend much of their time traveling their territorial range, which can span hundreds of miles. Fresh water should be easily accessible to all animals throughout the national park. Creating water stations throughout the park, where wildlife is known to frequent, would supply a steady source of water all year long. Having a steady supply of water would keep up animal populations which support a healthy ecosystem.

Providing water stations would also prevent animal populations from declining in times of hotter weather or droughts. While there are natural sources of water, many of them aren’t accessible to wildlife because of roadways. This causes animals to have to travel further to find water, and in times of drought, having to travel far can often result in dehydration and death. Areas that lack sources of water could become abandoned, leaving wildlife with less habitat. This could lead to a decrease in the wildlife population, which would also lead to a reduction in park visitors and a decrease in funds for wildlife management.

Wildlife doesn’t have to suffer from lack of water. Installing water stations throughout wildlife parks would provide wildlife with year round accessible water. Please sign this petition to urge the Colorado Division of Wildlife to install water stations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Robert Broscheid,

Wildlife in national parks are in need of year-round available water. During droughts and hot weather periods, animals may have to travel most of the day to find sources of fresh water. With the number of animals living in national parks, some of the water sources aren’t big enough to support all the wildlife. This lack of water can result in animal deaths and also in the abandonment of some areas.

By creating water stations for wildlife, national parks would be providing animals with a steady source of water. These stations would be easy to access and built in heavily populated areas. Animals would be able to travel their vast territorial ranges without having to search for water. This would keep animal populations steady even in times of drought. Providing wildlife with constant water sources would also ensure that areas remained populated, allowing visitors to continue to visit parks in hopes of seeing animals. Keeping park visitor numbers high allows the parks to continue receiving funds, which in turn helps to support wildlife management.

Please create these wildlife watering stations in national parks to ensure that our wildlife is protected during dry spells.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jim Leupold

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