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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Out of the Blue Zone-Yellowstone & Grizzly Bears

Image: Yellowstone National Park Hayden Valley - Mt Washburn

Out of the Blue Zone is a new feature on the Blue Ridge Gazette. We will take a look at things going on in other regions of our natural world. Today, Yellowstone National Park, the grizzly bear and Congressional attacks on the Endangered Species Act.

We as citizens and guardians of our natural world must take issue with the Bush Administration's proposal to remove the grizzly bears, in and around Yellowstone National Park, from the list of endangered and threatened animals as well as recent Congressional attacks on the Endangered Species Act.

Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could be deciding the fate of the grizzly bear as soon as March 17 which we must act now!

The grizzly bear is an irreplaceable part of America's natural heritage, a symbol of the independence that defines the American character and an icon of all that is wild and free. Since 1975, the Endangered Species Act has worked to protect these magnificent animals.

For 30 years our country has invested tremendous time and energy into improving the chances of the grizzly bears' survival and that work has started to pay off, increasing the number of grizzlies in the U.S. from a meager 150 to about 600 today.

Delisting grizzly bears at a time when their population is still so small and their range is so limited could have devastating effects and we can't let that happen!

So Please, Act Now, Show Your Support for Delisting Yellowstone Grizzly Bears by Contacting Your Representatives in Washington DC. I have already sent my letter and the National Wildlife Federation has made it easy for you to also; just click here.

If you can make a donation, make it to the National Wildlife Federation or the Sierra Club to help protect the grizzly bear.

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