In the vitally important matter to hopefully deter the Government from rolling back ESA and other protections for many Apex predators; which would be basically saying it’s open season on them to anyone who hunts or trophy kills wildlife! As many of you know wolves have only made a comeback in recent decades because they were given endangered species protections and reintroduced in a number of locations to once again allow for a diverse gene pool from which to breed and be sustainable; with this action all of that hard fought for progress will be erased in no time at all! There are those who believe that wildlife have been afforded too many protections and to them it should be the rule of survival of the fittest so Nature can take care of itself. But that is completely false because placing man’s activities into the equation creates an unnatural imbalance from the get goes in which all bets are off and species become targets for extinction! Also, when these and other animals roamed wide swathes of territory in massive numbers sustainability wasn’t an issue, but in the last 100 years man has exploited so much territory and overextended his hunting practices for purely sporting purposes along with classifying them as vermin due to their attacking farm raised herd livestock; many species were nearly wiped out until the Endangered Species Act Protections were put into place to afford these endangered animals an opportunity to regain their foothold in the Eco-system. They’ve only come back in recent years to barely sustainable levels and have many more strikes against them with less territory to roam and fewer food sources from which to have a consistent healthy diet; and their not being able to connect with other Grizzly populations and recolonize large still existing wild areas where they historically roamed such as the Salmon-Selway Ecosystem in Idaho.
As an example of my own perspective and advocacy work in promoting continued protections for many of our Iconic Wildlife Species, I’m listing the following petition I wrote and circulated a couple of years ago to garner support in getting the government to reverse course on removing in particular the Grizzly Bear from ESA Protections!
The Attack upon America’s Iconic Grizzly Bear
Here I list just some immediate sore points that would result from the De-listing of Grizzly Bears in the Yellowstone area from Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections.
Blood lust is encouraged when trophy hunts are allowed resulting in more unnecessary targeting and killing of Grizzly Bears for this selfish practice.
Because Grizzly bears roam over large swaths of land or territories and obviously know nothing about human state boundaries, they will be unprotected when they leave the safety of Yellowstone National Park. Furthermore, to turn over control of the bears to multiple states would mean that one state could have a shoot on sight rule while still others may have a more regulated approach. This would mean that if many bears roam into the shoot on sight area that number of bears could be destroyed causing a negative impact upon the species as a whole, while the additional fallout consequence of this would be a reduction in a diverse gene pool for the bears causing yet untold damage to the species over time.
Overall, the bears should continue to be managed as Endangered Species until true recovery has been reached.
Specific Points to Consider (as presented by The Sierra Club)
- “Grizzly bears are an essential piece of the American West, a wildlife icon that has been integral to the Yellowstone region for centuries.
- Thanks to the Endangered Species Act Grizzly bears are making a remarkable recovery, but they remain vulnerable due to shifting food sources, isolation, and an increase in preventable conflicts with hunters and livestock. Now is not the time to strip them of endangered species protections.
- After two centuries of decline Grizzly bears are just now beginning to rebound in the northern Rocky Mountains and around Yellowstone, occupying less than 2% of their historic range.
- The growth rate of the population has been stagnant since the early 2000s because more bears are dying as a result of conflicts with hunters and livestock, and fewer cubs are surviving to adulthood.
- Grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region should be allowed to grow in number and distribution, so they can connect with other Grizzly populations and recolonize large existing wild areas where they historically roamed such as the Salmon-Selway Ecosystem in Idaho.”
The Federal Governments About Face Regarding Grizzly Bears
I have a unique perspective from which to observe and look at this matter of growing concern by many good fellow Americans. I see how the plan to De-list the Grizzly Bear from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections is becoming more of a spiritual battle between right and wrong or good and evil. Far too many hard fought achievements’ or successful programs for the restoration of our environment or Eco-system are being threatened with elimination by what I believe the Pope in Rome has called “an atmosphere of indifference,” by which certain members of society are encouraged to act with impunity or no need for accountability thereby causing pain, suffering and destruction at an alarming rate across the Planet. I know this to be true because even I was attacked by this growing lack of accountability which happened right in my work environment when those entrusted with my safety felt compelled to ignore what is right in order that selfish intolerance, or lack of humanity was allowed to advance its corrupted agenda upon the innocent, causing serious bodily injury by lack of following any appropriate protocol. Here too with the Grizzly Bears I see an attack upon their slow recovery from a nearly complete decimation just decades ago to a place where their continued survival has been encouraged and brought back from the brink, to a level that is closer to achieving a permanent foothold and proper place once again, within the natural order of the environment which they have always been a part of.
I see the web of life as a tapestry that is woven together in very intricate and sometimes delicate ways were all the individual strands make up the whole and give it a combined strength that won’t fall apart as long as all of the individual strands remain intact. If we as Americans allow this De-listing to occur it would be akin to again saying that “indifference” is the order of the day and it doesn’t matter what happens to these magnificent members of the Rocky Mountain Region of these United States of America, when in fact it does matter.
Because we are all Americans regardless of what part of the country we find ourselves residing, and this great land of ours with all of its natural beauty as well as diversity belongs to all of us, we all should take pride in protecting and in many cases restoring valuable species back to sustainable or balanced natural levels that had been stripped away in the past due to bad policies or even the lack of any. I truly believe that to De-list these bears will be a move toward a not good policy for the bears, while subjecting them to an agenda of indifference and destruction which will cause substantial harm to these great mammals or their continued viability, along with further damage to our beautiful natural environment. It’s been said, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” I honestly believe that the majority of Americans are good and see these relaxing of restrictions or laws as being wrong and as another assault upon our shared tremendously important natural resources that we shouldn’t allow to happen. That’s why it’s so imperative for all Americans regardless of which area of this great country of ours you call home, to speak up for the Grizzly Bear by calling or writing to your Senators and Congressmen, along with signing the petitions that are now being circulated by concerned groups of Americans like the Sierra Club.
Fellow American and wildlife advocate,
Lawrence Morra 5/30/2016
All anyone need to do regarding vast wild wilderness locations like Alaska and “native species” remaining intact there is to read the work of one of my all-time favorite authors and human beings to grace this planet, Jack London!!! He is an Icon to me; to have come up with his Iconic “Call of The Wild” novel. In it expressing his clear perspective of what Nature and Wildlife are all about and why God created these magnificent entities along with us humans; who should be in awe and serving Nature as good stewards and shepherds! If we didn’t have Nature and the “Wild Things,” you know we would be on a living Hell planet! Think about our solar system alone, how vast but starkly devoid of precious living breathing Nature, which we take for granted here; even in its abundance here the rarity or miracle of it with so many beautiful species like giraffes, elephants, lions, bears, wolves and many others that are on the brink of extinction; but in contrast the lack of such things throughout our solar system cries out “preservation” and “protection” at all times!!! We must do this job right, and we can only do it if all countries work together toward the common righteous goal of saving our planet’s WEB OF LIFE!
In Conclusion, I’m barely scratching the surface of getting the work done that must be continued far beyond my mere lifetime, so I am just little old me plugging along thinking and attempting to touch something out there in the big wide world and let it know I care! I know there is far too much of the opposite as I personally experienced that harsh reality and sinful nature of mankind in vivid color and still, I see all the good that is out there struggling to survive just like me and you! So along the way if I can look back and drawing my last breathe I can look out and say at least I did try to care, even if my attempts fell short of the mark my heart knows I did right, that fine advocates, will count for something in this maze of grandiose and bottom of the barrel contrasts or contradictions! Such is the dichotomy of life the inner and outer conflict that is perpetual and unrelenting! Peace