Stop Forest Service from making it easier to kill carnivores in the wild

The U.S. Forest Service wants to make it easier to kill wolves, bears, cougars and other carnivores in federally designated wilderness areas -- America's most wild and remote places. Worse, the proposal would relax restrictions on using aerial gunning, motorized vehicles and cyanide guns to kill these magnificent creatures.

Send the message straight to the Secretary of Agriculture, who oversees the Forest Service. Tell him to force the Forest Service to withdraw this invasive proposal.

I am writing to oppose the Forest Service proposal to revise the Forest Service Manual regarding the predator control policy in designated Wilderness Areas and Research Natural Areas.

I believe that this could lead to indiscriminate killing of wolves and other essential carnivores in areas where they have -- until now -- lived free and wild.

The proposal is in opposition to the intent of the Wilderness Act, which is to maintain roadless areas in their natural, remote conditions. Killing predator species -- key to a healthy ecosystem -- could alter the natural conditions and upset the ecological balance of these special places.

Furthermore, invasive methods such as aerial gunning, motorized vehicles and the use of M-44 cyanide guns to kill native predator populations in these wild lands are inappropriate.

I hope you will consider my comments and abandon the proposal on predator control.
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