Dear Friend of the National Parks,
Time is running out to speak up for restoring grizzly bears to their native North Cascades! If you’ve already taken action, thank you and be sure to share this alert with friends! And if not, please take action before the comment period closes April 28, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. MDT.
Graham Taylor, Northwest Field Representative
Grizzly bears have roamed in Washington’s Cascade Mountains for thousands of years, but now only a few remain. North Cascades National Park stands to lose its last grizzly bear on our watch, unless we act now.
Thankfully, the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have developed plans that can bolster the grizzly bear population in the North Cascades.
We need your help.
Together we can honor our natural heritage and ensure future generations can enjoy native wildlife in our national parks.
Join our effort to make North Cascades National Park whole again. Grizzly bears are a keystone species whose presence contributes to the health of our wildlands.
Please submit a comment in favor of Alternative C: Incremental Restoration. Under Alternative C, biologists would gradually release grizzly bears into remote areas of North Cascades National Park and other nearby public lands over five to 10 years to reach a stable population of 25 bears. Additional bears would be added, while also relying on bear reproduction, to progress toward full grizzly recovery over the course of 60 to 100 years.
Here’s how to submit your comments to the Park Service.
Step 1: Go to https://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=77025 and carefully follow the form instructions.
Step 2: Submit your comments by copying and pasting the sample message below into the "Comments" box on the web form. Please personalize your comments. Adding your voice will go further in returning grizzly bears to the North Cascades.
Step 3: Once you have completed all of the required fields on the form, click the gray “Submit” button at the bottom of the page.
I am writing to voice my support for restoring a healthy population of grizzly bears to the North Cascades, their home for thousands of years. Wherever grizzlies thrive, so does clean water and abundant native fish and wildlife.
I support Alternative C Incremental Restoration, the proposal to bring up to 25 non-problem grizzly bears into remote areas of the North Cascades over the next decade.
Alternative C is the best choice for the bears and for the people who live and visit the North Cascades. It’s modeled on what’s worked in Montana where grizzlies are recovering in the Cabinet-Yaak mountains with few problems and with the acceptance and involvement of local communities.
Public opinion polls have shown broad support for grizzly bear restoration in Washington, including among those who live in the North Cascades. Please bring back this native species to our state through the strategy laid out in Alternative C. Doing so will restore an important piece of our ecosystem, regional culture and natural heritage.
[your name here]
Thank you for taking the time to keep our North Cascades wild!
Northwest Field Representative
Photo: Grizzly bear with three cubs. © Chase Dekker | Dreamstime.com
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