Letter: Gunning down Grizzly bears
Very soon, trophy hunters in Wyoming will be gunning down Yellowstone Grizzly bears. Yellowstone grizzlies were protected under the Endangered Species Act from 1975 to 2017. Now, a trophy hunt is scheduled to begin on Sept. 1. With the loss of federal protection, hunters will be able to kill these bears the second they wander out of Yellowstone.
Grizzly bears are alive today because they were protected decades ago under the Endangered Species Act. Their removal from that listing couldn’t come at a worse time for their future survival. Climate change is leaving them vulnerable to many threats. Key food sources for grizzlies in the Yellowstone ecosystem are collapsing and mortality rates have been increasing.
If our grizzlies are to survive, they need larger, connected populations to have enough genetic diversity to adapt to the changes in their environment due to climate change. They don’t deserve to be shot upon roaming past an invisible border. We can stop this cruel and inhumane proposal by speaking up now. Call Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, at (202) 208-1906.
Jeri Peirce, Grand Lake
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