Target: Geoff Haskett, Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for reestablishing wood bison in Alaska
Wood bison are some of the largest mammals in North America and while they were once prevalent throughout parts of Alaska, they are now listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and have not freely inhabited the Alaskan wild for many years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) needs to be thanked for working to reestablish a population of wood bison in Alaska so the species may once again thrive in the Alaskan wilderness.
Once listed as endangered under the ESA due to their extremely low population numbers, wood bison have rebounded in Canada in recent years. Thanks in large part to conservation efforts from government agencies as well as concerned activists, the wood bison population has grown to the point where the FWS deemed the species could now be listed as threatened. Alaska currently has a captive herd of over 100 of these wood bison. According to the FWS, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) will carry out and maintain responsibility for the actual reintroduction of the wood bison into their historical habitats in central Alaska.
This wood bison population has been designated by the FWS as a nonessential, experimental population, which means that it is not important to the survival of the species as a whole. In more concrete terms, this designation means that, in part, people will be able to hunt the wood bison if overpopulation becomes a problem, though it remains to be seen if this will occur.
For the time being, wood bison are being returned to their historical habitats in Alaska, and these beautiful animals will once again be able to roam free in the Alaskan wilderness. Please sign the petition below to thank Geoff Haskett and the rest of the FWS for their conservation efforts.
Dear Mr. Haskett,
I was happy to read that wood bison are being returned to the Alaskan wilderness. Wood bison were once prevalent throughout much of central Alaska and other parts of North America. Unfortunately, wood bison have not lived freely in the Alaskan wild for many years. Their species was once listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, but was changed to threatened after their population grew significantly in Canada. Hopefully, wood bison will thrive in Alaska as well. These animals deserve to live in their natural habitats.
I would like to thank you and the rest of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for working to authorize the reestablishment of wood bison in the central Alaskan wild.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Laura Whitehouse via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service