Following a seven-year campaign and lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has finally proposed closing the 99-year-old Sheep Experiment Station west of Yellowstone National Park.
Since 1915 the station has grazed thousands of domestic sheep on public land, making it difficult for wildlife to grace the area at all.
Conflicts with domestic sheep have resulted in the tragic and unnecessary deaths of grizzly bears and wolves. In 2009 USDA's "Wildlife Services" arm killed the entire eight-member Sage Creek Pack of wolves due to depredations that began with the killing of a single sheep from the station. And in 2012 a grizzly bear disappeared; his radio collar was later found cut off on sheep-station land.
Closing the station now would reopen a crucial wildlife corridor between Yellowstone and the wildlands of central Idaho.
Take action -- tell Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and your members of Congress that it's time to shut down the sheep station for good.
July 21, 2014 Action Alert ID# 157
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