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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.


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Jul 20, 2018 Sally Sharp
Jul 19, 2018 esther winchester
Jul 19, 2018 Kathie Boley
Jul 19, 2018 Cathy Marron
Jul 19, 2018 A Davis
Jul 19, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jul 18, 2018 nathalie van manen
Jul 15, 2018 Marlisa James
Jul 14, 2018 Jeffrey Diehl
Jul 13, 2018 felipe guillen
Jul 13, 2018 Donna Salisbury
Jul 12, 2018 irina antoshkina
Jul 9, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jul 6, 2018 Lynne Minore
Jul 5, 2018 Etelvina Serrano
Jul 1, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 30, 2018 Ellen Prior
Jun 30, 2018 Teresa Brooks
Jun 30, 2018 Madalina Viziteu
Jun 29, 2018 Nathan Kirby
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Jun 28, 2018 Julie Matewicz
Jun 28, 2018 Daniel Kaula
Jun 28, 2018 ELVIRA ANTIBO
Jun 26, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 18, 2018 Cynthia Lantz
Jun 10, 2018 Robert & Virginia Ilardi
Jun 8, 2018 Armida Franceschini
Jun 8, 2018 Leslie Williams
Jun 8, 2018 PEGGY MORRIS
Jun 8, 2018 Laura Valentine
Jun 8, 2018 Karen Statkiewicz
Jun 7, 2018 Monique Correa
Jun 7, 2018 Rosemarie La Cour
Jun 5, 2018 Christopher Dean
Jun 5, 2018 DAWN Felton
Jun 5, 2018 Michelle Daddy
Jun 3, 2018 Jane Salgado
Jun 1, 2018 Tabetha Collins After enjoying a wonderful trip to Yellowstone and actually getting to see black and grizzly bears plus numerous other animals. It was disheartening to find that bears have been taken off the endangered species list. It was also sad to see deforestation
May 30, 2018 Polina Plisova
May 29, 2018 Ruth Umayan
May 28, 2018 Kathleen Keske
May 28, 2018 Leisa Baumann
May 26, 2018 susan Lane
May 26, 2018 Stephanie Dejou
May 26, 2018 Wendy Dalton

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