Black-footed ferrets are on the brink of extinction – and the Forest Service has a cruel plan that means they may never recover.
These critically endangered ferrets rely on large prairie dog colonies to survive, and the Thunder Basin National Grassland in Wyoming is one of the last places with enough prairie dogs for these struggling ferrets to make a recovery.
But a recent proposal by the US Forest Service would give a green light to poisoning and shooting prairie dogs in the last area in Thunder Basin where these creatures are protected.
Those prairie dogs are essential to keeping this grassland ecosystem healthy and thriving. If necessary prairie dog protections are eliminated, black-footed ferret recovery will be doomed – and so will the rest of Thunder Basin's native wildlife that depend on prairie dogs to survive!
Tell the Forest Service: Keep Thunder Basin's prairie dogs protected!
Subject: Reject more poisoning and shooting of prairie dogs in Thunder Basin National Grassland
Dear Forest Service,
I am writing to ask you NOT to remove prairie dog protections on Thunder Basin National Grassland in Wyoming. These protections are essential to many species of wildlife, and to the future recovery of the endangered black-footed ferret.
The Forest Service's proposed plan would gut the important wildlife safeguards that protect prairie dogs from poisoning and shooting in Thunder Basin's designated black-footed ferret recovery area. This would have dire consequences for native grassland species that depend on prairie dogs to survive and would eliminate the ability to successfully reintroduce a viable population of the endangered black-footed ferret back to these grasslands. Thunder Basin National Grassland is a vital location for the overall recovery of the black-footed ferret and the prairie dog is a keystone species needed for its comeback.
As species across the globe face the threat of extinction, we must do all we can to prevent our cherished wildlife from disappearing from the earth. As manager of our public lands, the U.S. Forest Service has a duty to protect species and habitats on these federal lands from this threat. Unfortunately, this proposal would do the exact opposite. Please reverse course for our native wildlife and for future generations.
Thank you for making endangered and native species conservation a priority in land management decisions.