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Earth Action, 1/11/06 January 11, 2006 11:45 AM

The Bulletin for Environmental Activists

January 11, 2006
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In This Issue:

--Action Alerts--

Speak out to ensure the future of Yellowstone's grizzly bears

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Action Alerts

Speak out to ensure the future of Yellowstone's grizzly bears

The fact that grizzly bears still survive in Yellowstone National Park is an
endangered species success story. Just 200 years ago, more than 100,000
grizzlies roamed the American west, but hunters, poachers and habitat loss
nearly caused these majestic bears to completely vanish from the lower 48
states. Then in 1975, facing imminent extinction, the grizzly was added to the
endangered species list, allowing the last remaining bears to survive to the

Yellowstone National Park is one of the last two grizzly strongholds remaining
in the lower 48 states, and one of the few places where the grizzlies' long-
term recovery can be achieved. But the Bush administration has proposed
removing Yellowstone's grizzly bears from the endangered species list.

Stripping endangered species protection from Yellowstone's bears would
jeopardize their long-term survival. Millions of acres of the grizzlies'
habitat would be opened to oil and gas drilling and other development, and
hunters would be permitted to kill bears that roam outside the park. Wyoming,
Montana and Idaho all already have plans to allow grizzly hunting when the
bears are delisted.

The Bush administration is accepting comments on its delisting proposal through
February 21st.

== What to do ==
Send a message, before the February 21st comment deadline, urging the Bush
administration not to remove Yellowstone's grizzly bears from the endangered
species list.

== Contact information ==
You can send an official comment directly from NRDC's Earth Action Center at Or use the
contact information and sample letter below to send your own message.

Dr. Christopher Servheen
Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
University Hall 309, University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812

== Sample letter ==

Subject:  Don't remove Yellowstone's grizzlies from the endangered species list

Dear Dr. Servheen,

I strongly oppose removing Yellowstone's grizzly bears from the endangered
species list.

Taking these bears off the endangered species list now would threaten to
reverse a great conservation success story and jeopardize the long-term
survival of these icons of America's natural heritage.

Grizzly bears would be extinct in the lower 48 states were it not for the
protections of the Endangered Species Act. Grizzlies already have been
eliminated from 99 percent of their former habitat. Weakening current
protections would further fragment and destroy their last remaining home.

Delisting also would increase the number of Yellowstone's bears killed by
humans. Under your agency's proposal, the federal government would turn over
management of grizzlies outside the park to the surrounding states. Wyoming,
Montana and Idaho all have plans to allow grizzly hunting when the bears are
delisted. And as your own estimates show, for every known grizzly killed, at
least another bear was killed illegally.

I would love to see grizzly bears removed from the endangered species list when
they are ready, but that will not be the case until permanent protections are
put in place to preserve their habitat and ensure their long-term survival.

Please reverse your course. Do not remove Yellowstone's grizzlies from the
endangered species list.


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