Grizzly bears are iconic members of North American fauna. They play an important ecological role as top predators that regulate overgrazing by other animals and disperse seeds. They have benefited from 40 years of protection on the endangered species list. This has been vital in enabling the population to rise from less than 150 to over 700 individuals in Yellowstone National Park over the past 40 years. However, Yellowstone grizzly bears are about to be removed from this list following a ruling by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This means that although hunting of the bears may still be banned within the national park, limited hunting may be permitted outside of the park boundaries.
Removing these protections threatens the welfare of this species as hunting not only leads to deaths of individual bears but can leave cubs orphaned when their mothers are shot. It also represents a backward step in the conservation of this species that may also be threatened in the region by climate change. Take action to protect Yellowstone grizzly bears by signing this petition against its removal from the endangered species list.