AR-News: Fwd: Help Save the Yellowstone BioGems's Grizzlies!
wolfcrest at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 19 18:09:08 EDT 2003
>The Bush administration is about to take another step forward in its
>scheme to take Yellowstone's last remaining grizzly bears off the
>species list by 2005. If successful, this delisting would throw open some
>the bear's most important habitat to rampant oil and gas development, as
>as allow the surrounding states to resume grizzly hunting.
>But before the administration can move forward with this scheme, it must
>that it is taking steps to ensure the bear's future protection. To that
>the U.S. Forest Service, which has authority over about 75 percent of the
>grizzly's Yellowstone habitat, has submitted a proposed management plan for
>As currently written, that plan leaves millions of acres of prime grizzly
>habitat unprotected and vulnerable to commercial exploitation.
>Please contact the Forest Service immediately and tell it to withdraw these
>proposed plans before they push the grizzly bear back to the brink of
>extinction. You can send an electronic message right now by going to
>Time is running out for the grizzly. Only 200 years ago, more than 100,000
>grizzly bears still roamed the American West. But a century-long campaign
>extermination drove the majestic bear from 99 percent of its historic
>The grizzly would have vanished from the lower 48 states were it not given
>endangered species protection in 1975.
>Today, the Greater Yellowstone and Glacier Park ecosystems are the grizzly
>bear's last strongholds in the continental U.S. But the embattled
>population may number as few as 250 bears and has been cut off from other
>grizzlies for more than a century.
>The very survival of the Yellowstone grizzly now depends on aggressive
>protection of its wild habitat so that the bear can be linked up, through
>connecting forests, with healthier populations in Canada.
>A female grizzly requires about 200 square miles of wild habitat, with
>human disturbance. She can ill afford the destruction of her favorite
>and denning areas. That's why the Bush administration's plan for delisting
>bear -- and the invasion of roads, wells, pipelines and chainsaws that
>follow in its wake -- could prove fatal to the grizzly bear's recovery.
>Please call on the Forest Service to ensure the grizzly bear's future by
>protecting its best habitat right now, before it is destroyed forever.
>Go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction.asp
>and send your message on behalf of Yellowstone's grizzlies. Thank you.
>John H. Adams
>Natural Resources Defense Council
>. . .
>BioGems: Saving Endangered Wild Places
>A project of the Natural Resources Defense Council
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