Target: Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell
Goal: Applaud the American government’s efforts to return the American Bison to its natural habitats
Driven practically to extinction by settlers by the year 1902, the American Bison have made a comeback from 25 to 210,000 both in the wild and in private lands. In order to aid the American Bison in their transition from national parks to the wild, the American government has formed a plan with landowners across the country to adapt the land to better suit the American Bison’s needs since these animals are beneficial to the surrounding animals and plant life. At six feet tall and weighing in at more than 2,000 pounds, American Bison have an enormous impact on their environment.
To Native American tribes, bison have long held a cultural significance, so their input will be integral to the Interior Department’s goals for the American Bison as well as the private owners of land. So far, lands for the American Bison have been found suitable in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and South Dakota.
Concerns have arisen though throughout the country due to ranchers worrying that the bison will infect their cattle with the disease brucellosis, especially in Yellowstone National Park with the largest population of American Bison. However, the American Bison at the park in Yosemite are a part of a key genetic line that were able to survive when they were on the brink of extinction. Luckily, the Interior Department has collaborated with biologists to prevent American Bison calves from contracting the disease. The American Bison is soon set to roam free about the country.
There have been many ForceChange petitions calling for a change in policy to protect bison in the United States, and these voices have been heard. Please show your appreciation for the concern that the American government has demonstrated thus far by creating a country in which the American Bison can once again thrive.
Dear Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell,
Thank you so much for your dedication to the American Bison not only for striving to return them to the wild, but also for carefully considering the consequences that the American Bison can have on the rest of the country. From disease prevention with cattle to consulting Native American tribes with regard to land use, your efforts to provide a safe environment for the American Bison are greatly appreciated.
The American Bison are such a help from enabling plants to grow to supporting prairies and wolves. They are largely important to shaping America’s landscape. Thanks once again for ensuring a smooth transition to the wild for the American Bison, animals that were once close to disappearing from the country entirely.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Judith Kohler via National Wildlife Federation