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The Yellowstone grizzly bear has been on the endangered species list [1] for the last 42 years... until now.

According to the National Park Service (NPS), the grizzly bear populations in Yellowstone park have grown from 136 bears in 1975 to about 700 today [2].

Because of this, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ryan Zinke, the Secretary of the Interior, have decided [3] that it is time for the Yellowstone grizzly bear to be removed from the endangered species list and have it no longer be protected.

But the Yellowstone grizzly population is still nowhere near stable. The growth rate for these bears has been completely flat since the early 2000's, meaning there has been no real population change. There are fewer cubs that are surviving and the amount of older bears is increasing [4].

The Fish and Wildlife Service is also completely dismissing the effects of climate change. According to retired wildlife biologist David Mattson, who has seen the federal data, the ecosystem that helps these bears survive is "unraveling [5]."

With the decline of key foods like trout, elk, and whitebark pine seeds (a key part of Yellowstone grizzly diets) [5], the bear populations will likely not be able to sustain themselves. It will become even worse without ensured protection.

When the endangered species protection is stripped from the Yellowstone grizzly bear, it will only put their population back to where it was when they were initially listed in the first place.

Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that Yellowstone's grizzly bears need to remain protected, because if they aren't, we might have to say goodbye to them for good.

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To the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

Removing the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the endangered species list and ceasing its protection is still not appropriate and will drastically impact their population yet again.

Even though there has been an increase in their population in the last number of decades, it has been at a flat rate and not increasing by any substantial number.

When they are removed from the listing, their critical protections will be removed and allow for states to choose on their own how to deal with them if they come into contact with human populations.

Not only will they be hunted and killed, their food sources have continued to drop. With the ever changing climate, their food has become scarce and soon they will not be able to sustain themselves without protection.

Unless these bears remain on the endangered species list where they belong, their seemingly healthy population will go on a downward spiral yet again, sending them right back to where they started on the verge of extinction.

You cannot remove these animals from their protections that are provided by the endangered species list, or else they will not only suffer, but decline.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Nov 19, 2017 Kathryn McLean
Nov 19, 2017 Lori Masterson
Nov 19, 2017 Karen Felts
Nov 19, 2017 Paula Garcia
Nov 19, 2017 David Mowry
Nov 19, 2017 Nadunshi Maladeniya
Nov 19, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Nov 19, 2017 Lee Hetzel
Nov 19, 2017 Gail Snyder Leave these magnificent animals where they belong, under protection! They're already struggling to repopulate their species. Permanent removal from this list also removes them from nature itself, from our culture & society. They are needed!
Nov 19, 2017 Lisa Kunsch
Nov 19, 2017 Elise McCoubrie
Nov 19, 2017 Alejandra Vega
Nov 19, 2017 Denise Moore Why persecute the Grizzly when it is humans whom are encroaching on the wildlife habitat it is not necessary to kill more bears. Please find another plan that adequately protects bears while sustaining their habitat. We are responsible
Nov 19, 2017 Stefanie Gibbs
Nov 19, 2017 Carol Ohlendorf
Nov 19, 2017 Patrice Johnson
Nov 19, 2017 sandra klein
Nov 19, 2017 Susan Duncan
Nov 19, 2017 Kelly Smith
Nov 19, 2017 Kathleen Boyd
Nov 19, 2017 Valerie Smetana
Nov 19, 2017 Dianna Gilmore
Nov 19, 2017 Anja Vitakari
Nov 19, 2017 Karen Kennedy
Nov 19, 2017 Gudrun Dinsel
Nov 19, 2017 Marisol Dominguez
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 19, 2017 Elaine Alfaro
Nov 19, 2017 Jean Sexton
Nov 19, 2017 Catherine Krug
Nov 19, 2017 Douglas Cooke
Nov 19, 2017 Anna Borys-Malek
Nov 19, 2017 Mary Delger
Nov 19, 2017 Phyllis Jenkins
Nov 19, 2017 Gloria Bryant ONE living free Grizzly is worth far more to our ecology than ALL 535 members of Congress and the employees of US Fish & Wildlife Service combined. Natural control of grizzlies, their prey, & their habitat worked before. Protect them NOW!
Nov 19, 2017 Bonnie McKim
Nov 19, 2017 Loretta Indigo
Nov 19, 2017 Mariynn Taylor
Nov 19, 2017 Susan Busch
Nov 19, 2017 Ellen Wigley
Nov 19, 2017 Adrianna Aylard
Nov 19, 2017 Carol Minkus
Nov 19, 2017 Vicky Haucke
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Nov 19, 2017 Michelle Cavanaugh
Nov 19, 2017 Anne-Marie SANCHO
Nov 19, 2017 Emmanuel Xerias
Nov 19, 2017 Lynn Laupheimer
Nov 18, 2017 Kathie Mudge
Nov 18, 2017 Sasha Patrick

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