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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 18, 2017 Mirna Irwin
Nov 17, 2017 David Schaechtel
Nov 17, 2017 Steven Schueller
Nov 17, 2017 Susan Schueller
Nov 17, 2017 Mike Lanka
Nov 17, 2017 patty langford what kind of asshole wants kill off natures beauty?
Nov 17, 2017 Sharon Mullane
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Nov 17, 2017 Tom Bolick
Nov 17, 2017 Mary Anne Manner
Nov 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2017 Cynthia Brooks-Fetty
Nov 17, 2017 Carol Rue
Nov 17, 2017 Tony Ruiz Save all the animals and their habitat now before it is too late and all is lost!!
Nov 17, 2017 Susan Kelly Ambler The grizzly bear is an iconic symbol of Yellowstone National park. This species should remain protected.
Nov 17, 2017 Christie Rawls
Nov 17, 2017 Pamela Kjono
Nov 17, 2017 Marianne Salamone
Nov 17, 2017 Erik Bjarnar
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Nov 17, 2017 KAREN HUDZIK
Nov 17, 2017 Claudia Solorzano
Nov 17, 2017 Denise Griffin
Nov 17, 2017 Mary Whitcomb
Nov 17, 2017 Elisabeth Klein
Nov 17, 2017 Erin Millikin
Nov 17, 2017 Elizabeth Dodd
Nov 17, 2017 moya farrell
Nov 17, 2017 Roslyn Simon
Nov 17, 2017 Ron Patterson
Nov 17, 2017 Leslie Patterson
Nov 17, 2017 Daniel Weinberger
Nov 17, 2017 George Allen
Nov 17, 2017 Kari Bowlin Keep them protected. California flag depicts the California Grizzly bear which is extinct. They were not protected. They would be hunted and killed off quickly without protection.
Nov 17, 2017 Jan Phillips
Nov 17, 2017 Keeley Player
Nov 17, 2017 Andrew Deakin
Nov 17, 2017 Stephen Wilde
Nov 17, 2017 Sylvie Auger
Nov 17, 2017 (Name not displayed) Don't mess with Mother Nature. When one species dies off it affects the whole chain of events.
Nov 17, 2017 Antoinette Russouw
Nov 17, 2017 J MASSETTI
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Nov 17, 2017 Janine Alfieri
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Nov 17, 2017 susan gallagher
Nov 17, 2017 Sandra Lee Sherman
Nov 16, 2017 Joan Hatcher
Nov 16, 2017 Daniele Boucher
Nov 16, 2017 Pamela Gray

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