Stop the Trophy Hunting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bears!

 from change.org

Since 1975, grizzly bears have been on the federal Endangered Species List, offering them protection against hunters. But now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing grizzlies from the list, effectively bringing open season to trophy hunters who want to shoot the bears for ‘sport.’

If the proposal goes through, management of grizzly bears will go to the states in the Greater Yellowstone Region: Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. All three states have said that they are open to big-game hunting, and that they will only review the bears’ status if hunting leads to a significant and documented decline in the bear’s population. (There were 136 grizzlies in the wild when they were originally put on the Endangered Species List; today, there are 700.)

Allowing the hunt isn’t just bad for the bears who face slaughter —  it could also have a drastic effect on the Greater Yellowstone Region as a whole. Grizzly bears are a crucial part of the local ecosystem, and keep prey populations in check.

Plus, the bears boost the local economy—the tourism industry in the Greater Yellowstone Region is worth $1 billion, with many visitors coming expressly to see large predators like grizzlies.

Please help stop the bloodshed. Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that grizzly bears must remain on the Endangered Species list, keeping them safe from sport hunters and poachers. Sign now and let the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service know that you want grizzly bears to be protected so they can live their lives in peace!

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One thought on “Stop the Trophy Hunting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bears!

  1. Grizzly delisting? Another political decision by USFWS? Grizzly delisting consideration and state wildlife agency salivating over another trophy animal (“sport killing”, recreational killing, aka hunting). It is too early for salivating and wet lips of state wildlife agencies (desire to hunt), already divvying up proposed grizzly hunting quotas, for trophy hunting, their version of “management”. It is exactly “not” management, not the way to go. It is not surprising that hunters encroaching on grizzly habitats are shooting more bears, or that bears are more often trapped and killed as their numbers grow. Hunters forget the more effective pepper spray, but they may be just taking an opportunity for a kill.. It would be surprising otherwise. Grizzly bear growing numbers should impel them to disperse into other regions and states where there are still plenty of niches. Management should concentrate on opening up predator and other wildlife corridors of travel, of dispersal; not “management” by killing (aka hunting) and driving down the numbers, so they are less likely to disperse into available niches. Habitat protection, acquisition, and wildlife corridors up and down the Rocky Mountains, corridors under highways are the way wildlife management should be going not “management” by hunting emphasis. All major predators (grizzly, cougar, jaguar, wolverine, wolf, and others) should be protected indefinitely from hunters and trappers and ranchers, as they especially, and extraction industries and development. Maybe state wildlife agencies should not manage predators with their protocol and almost single-minded mission of licensing hunters and trappers and recreational killing and farming of recreational killing targets to the detriment of balanced wildlife ecology. Enough of the political management of wildlife. Dan Ashe and the USFWS should be fired and the federal and state “wildlife agencies” revamped for wildlife protection, habitat protection and acquisition, corridor development and protection, and re-wilding, balanced ecology.

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    http://click.emails.sierraclub.org/?qs=544cb38f10e97e50743e6d68504a968d885a9665eb131b3f624dc0d282ee32af1bac762f349de5bc

    http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/review-of-wyoming-grizzly-bear-rules-draws-opinions/article

    http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/columnists/george-ochenski-delisting-grizzly-bears-premature-adjudication/article

    http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/montana-outlines-specifics-of-possible-grizzly-hunt/article

    http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/fwp-confirms-grizzly-killed-near-yellowstone-was-well-known-male/article

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    http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/hunting-of-grizzly-bears-should-not-be-allowed/article

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    http://sacb.ee/5Dpy Will Barack ‘Black Eagle’ Obama save the grizzly bears?

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    http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/states-divvy-up-yellowstone-area-grizzly-hunt/article

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