Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Can you imagine no Grizzly Bears in Yellowstone National Park?

Yellowstone National Park is the first national park in the world, created in 1872. The park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km2) and is located mainly in the state of Wyoming but also extends into Montana and Idaho. It is home to some spectacular natural features such as the Old Faithful Geyser, has been home to Native Americans for 11,000 years and boasts an amazing collection of wildlife throughout. All these attract tourists from around the world every year.

One of the most spectacular animals found within Yellowstone is the grizzly bear. Unfortunately just 600 grizzly bears remaining in Greater Yellowstone and now the federal government is challenging the Greater Yellowstone Coalition's 2009 court victory that put the bears back on the Endangered Species list. Although numbers have increased in recent years, many believe that it is too early to relax the conservation of these magnificent animals. With continued pressure of further development there is a risk that grizzly habitat may become diminished.

Can you imagine travelling to Yellowstone and knowing that there are no grizzly's left. Click here to sign the petition requesting that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar keep grizzly bears on the Endangered List and thus ensuring they are still around for your next visit to the park!                                        

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