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Speak Up For Glacier's Grizzlies Today!

Christine Wilcox

Posted July 31, 2013 in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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The grizzly bears living in and around Glacier National Park need your help.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing to remove Endangered Species Act protections from these grizzly bears. As an initial step in this process, the Fish & Wildlife Service recently issued a draft Conservation Strategy (CS) for the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) grizzly bear population. The draft Conservation Strategy sets forth the Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposed management plan for these grizzly bears.

Unfortunately, the draft Conservation Strategy is woefully inadequate to protect these iconic bears. 

The draft CS would allow for more than twice as many female grizzlies to die each year before any management action is taken.  More roads lead to more dead grizzly bears, and the draft plan allows for way too many roads in areas where bears are living.  The draft CS also fails to address how climate change has affected – and will affect – the landscape these bears call home. 

Because this draft plan falls short in protecting these grizzly bears, we need you to   TAKE ACTION.

Today!

Public comments will be accepted until midnight (Eastern) on Thursday, August 1. Please take a moment and tell the Fish & Wildlife Service that they can – and must – do better. All you need to do is send an e-mail to NCDECS@fws.gov.  

Here are some points you can include in your e-mail:

(1) The Service must develop the Habitat-Based Recovery Criteria, and open them up for public comment before the Conservation Strategy is approved.

(2) The draft CS must do more to ensure that the NCDE Recovery Area is connected to other Recovery Areas like the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Such connectivity is needed for the long-term survival of grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies.

(3) Motorized Access Route Densities must be developed ecosystem-wide, and must be based on actual research regarding grizzly use of landscapes with roads.

(4) The Service cannot assume that bears will be able to adapt to the impacts of climate change.  Federal and State agencies must immediately begin comprehensive grizzly habitat mapping, habitat research, and key foods research, and commit to doing so on a long-term, coordinated basis. 

(5) Although the draft CS says its goal is a “stable to increasing population,” it would allow the current estimate of nearly 1000 bears to decline to 800 bears – a steep 20% decline – with no consequences. “Stability” should mean at least 1000 grizzlies.

Please take a minute and send an e-mail to NCDECS@fws.gov today.

Thank you for speaking up for Glacier’s grizzly bears!

(Detailed information, including the entire proposed plan, can be found at: http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/grizzly/continentalindex.html)

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Comments

Kathy CoffmanJul 31 2013 05:05 PM

Please keep the Grizzly Bear on the Endangered Species Act. With Climate Change food is becoming more scarce. It is important to be mindful of this. Habitat is losing ground for these animals as well. Who does it hurt to keep them on the list...no one...please do the right thing....protect them.

Chris SillJul 31 2013 10:37 PM

Please keep the Grizzly Bear on the Endangered Species Act. With Climate Change food is becoming more scarce. It is important to be mindful of this. Habitat is losing ground for these animals as well. Who does it hurt to keep them on the list...no one...please do the right thing....protect them.

Megan DabrowskiAug 1 2013 09:12 AM

Please do not remove the grizzly bear from the endangered species list. These, and other large predators, continue to need every protection we can offer them considering all the challenges they face.

Hope Sibley VollmerAug 1 2013 10:40 AM

Please continue to protect our very important Grizzly Bear population! Do not allow them to be removed from the Endangered Species Act. Their habitat is declining every day and every species we lose is a tragedy and something that can never be replaced. One of the most important things we humans can do to help our planet survive is to protect species diversity.

Carolyn ReyesAug 1 2013 10:40 AM

Please keep the Grizzly Bears on the endangered species list, their populations are far too small, their habitats are in too much peril to remove this protection, such as it is. We should be strengthening and expanding protection for wildlife, while we still have wildlife to preserve.

Lesa UrbanAug 1 2013 10:41 AM

Please do not remove the grizzly bear from the endangered species list. These, and other large predators, continue to need every protection we can offer them! Climate Change is effecting them & everything else on this earth. Habitat is going by the way side due to the human race's greed!! please do the right thing!! protect them!!!

Sandra KrauseAug 1 2013 10:49 AM

Please do not remove the grizzly bear from the endangered species list. These, and other large predators, continue to need every protection we can offer them! Climate Change is effecting them & everything else on this earth. Habitat is going by the way side due to the human race's greed!! please do the right thing!! protect them!!! I VOTE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

Kristine FAug 1 2013 10:50 AM

Please protect the Grizzly, from a Montana resident that strongly values this amazing species.

Guy CouturierAug 1 2013 11:02 AM

Please keep on protecting those beautiful animals !

Jeanie NovickAug 1 2013 11:09 AM

Humans are already encroaching into bear territory and removing their protective status will only invite more abuse. Please do not take away their protective status!

Irwin RapoportAug 1 2013 11:13 AM

this has to be stopped. grizzly bears need permenent protection

Dan HudsonAug 1 2013 11:23 AM

Really can't understand why the Grizzly would be removed from the Endangered Act, unless it's money. Why destroy a beautiful animal to make a rich hunter feel macho. If they want to be macho, they can be a kick boxer in a cage.

Paul KinchAug 1 2013 11:25 AM

Please keep the Grizzly Bears on the endangered species list, their populations are far too small, their habitats are in too much peril to remove this protection, such as it is. We should be strengthening and expanding protection for wildlife, while we still have wildlife to preserve.

Callie TaylorAug 1 2013 11:46 AM

Please do the right thing. We have taken so much from our fellow earthlings. Do not remove them from the endangered species list. They need our help!

Jennifer NormanAug 1 2013 11:56 AM

Please keep the Grizzly Bear on the endangered species act. They are an integral part of the ecosystem and require our protection. As the stewards of this planet, we owe all life our respect and protection from the greed and carelessness of others.

Christine WilcoxAug 1 2013 12:10 PM

Thank you all for your support and help in protecting Grizzly Bears! Please remember to submit your comments TODAY to the Fish and Wildlife Service at this email: NCDECS@fws.gov to have your voice counted!

lauren rossAug 1 2013 01:09 PM

Protect the bears!

Pamela MurdockAug 1 2013 01:14 PM

What are you THINKING?! They do not deserve this...so STOP IT!

Mary GraybealAug 1 2013 01:23 PM

Please do not allow any reduction in the grizzly bear population or habitat. These animals are in their own territory and must be kept at a stable population of above 1,000 at all times. Do the kind and humane thing and protect their status.

Linda DeckerAug 1 2013 01:52 PM

Please protect the Grizzly Bears. We are all here to inhabit this planet. They have lives and children and love as we do. Please keep them on the endangered list.

marieAug 1 2013 02:34 PM

bears need our protection and so does their habitat!

Pia VergaraAug 1 2013 02:54 PM

Lets preserve all animals in their habitat and from extinction! Lets not wait until its too late to realize to make a change! The time is now because it will take decades for the word to go around and people to actually understand the damages that will be caused world wide. Thank you and have a great day!! ~ Pia

Eileen LillyAug 1 2013 04:06 PM

Can we not for once let nature balance its own systems; man cannot interfere interminably and not expect the balance of nature to backfire in his face. Hunting is not the most important activity on the planet - support of a natural system is. If man creates too much cultivation in an area, such as the roads cutting through grizzly habitats, animals shouldn't have to be killed for it. Humans are responsible for correcting their own mistakes or else pay the piper.

Alfredo Avila Aug 1 2013 04:10 PM

Bears are important for the ecosystem of the park.

T. CarlsonAug 1 2013 04:30 PM

Email sent 3:30pm CST on 01Aug2013. Thanks for the article.

N.PapelovaAug 1 2013 05:29 PM

Grizzly bears should remain on the endangered species list. Please save the species from extinction through hunting, habitat loss and other human-inflicted actions.

Susan SavageAug 1 2013 05:53 PM

Grizzle Bears belong on the Endangered Species list. We need to be protecting our precious natural resources, not jeopardizing them.

Mary ValdezAug 1 2013 05:55 PM

Please protect the bear population, they are an important part of the ecosystem there.

Tina zottoliAug 1 2013 06:04 PM

please do not remove them from the endangered species list until they have truly been restored to a robust, healthy population size. Why do we need to hunt these beautiful animals?

Michelle MirandaAug 1 2013 11:18 PM

I pasted the email address you provide but the message: not a valid email address pops up and I'm unable to send it.

Joan TippettsAug 2 2013 12:24 AM

Grizzly bears used to roam in California and one is on the state flag; however, they are now extinct in that state thanks to man. Unfortunately it could also happen again elsewhere. Their range has greatly shrunk as have their numbers. A healthy population requires genetic diversity which implies large numbers. They must remain on the endangered species list.

Joanne WillisAug 2 2013 12:48 AM

The grizzly bear needs to remain on the endangered species list as they will be attacked by man. Do you want to see them become extinct??? Do the right thing and keep them on the list.

David GardnerAug 5 2013 05:40 PM

To say that the grizzly bear is recovered seems disingenous. How can an animal that once ranged throughout much of the lower forty eight states be considered recovered when it exists in such minimal numbers and such a minimal amount of its former range?
Leave the great bear on the Endangered Species List!

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