Protect Polar Bears in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • Petitioned Ken Salazar

This petition was delivered to:

Secretary of the Interior
Ken Salazar

Protect Polar Bears in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    1. Sponsored by

      Defenders of Wildlife

The oil industry and its political allies are pushing harder than ever to industrialize the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a move that would destroy the most important onshore denning habitat for our nation’s threatened polar bears.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is for the first time considering making a formal recommendation to designate the Arctic Refuge’s coastal plain as wilderness.

A wilderness recommendation would bring us one step closer to protecting this important area, and the wildlife that depends on it, for good. But we need your help to send a strong message that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can’t ignore.

Submit your comments now and help protect our polar bears and other precious wildlife that make their homes in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Please urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to safeguard the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by recommending a wilderness designation for the coastal plain.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 17,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Emily robida HERENTALS, BELGIUM
      • almost 3 years ago

      We must protect animals too

    • Alicia Marie RICHMOND, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Polar Bears are magnificent creatures. There are plenty of other places we could get our oil. Killing our wildlife is not okay. What if someone were to come to your house and kick you out, just because the land was high in product that they needed? You would fight for your home, would you not? Polar bears can't fight or speak out for themselves, so it's up to us.

    • Maneesh Pangasa YUMA, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      Protect Polar Bears in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge:

      Dear Secretary Salazar,

      Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. As a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife and someone who cares about protecting our public lands, I value the Arctic Refuge as a pristine landscape and as an iconic part of America's natural heritage.

      As you finalize the Comprehensive Conservation Plan, I strongly encourage you to adopt Alternative C under the proposed Plan. I support Alternative C because it would mean recommending that the Arctic Refuge's coastal plain be designated as wilderness.

      As the refuge's biological heart and the focus of calls for oil and gas development, the coastal plain both deserves and needs wilderness protection within the Arctic Refuge. The coastal plain is the most important onshore denning habitat for the nation's threatened polar bears and the calving ground of the Porcupine caribou herd.

      Wilderness protection would help keep these and other species safe from industrial oil and gas development, and would give them the best chance of adapting to climate change by keeping the landscape unpolluted and intact.

      I strongly support draft goal number 1, which would preserve natural wildlife populations and wildlife interactions in the refuge. I also strongly support new management guideline number 2, which allows all native wildlife populations to remain un-manipulated.

      I strongly oppose any State requests to conduct predator control in the Arctic Refuge. The CCP should specifically prohibit consideration of any State regulation or plan, including artificial manipulation or intensive management of wildlife, which conflicts with federal law and policy.

      For the past fifty years, Americans have remained committed to protecting this remarkable area and the abundant wildlife that depends on it. We should maintain this legacy so the refuge can continue to be a vital piece of our nation's natural heritage.

      Thank you for considering my comments.

    • Ruth Serra CLEARWATER, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      One day in the future our grandchildren and great grandchildren will look back and say: why did you do this to us, look how much we are suffering because of your stupidity!!

      • almost 3 years ago

      protect polar bear fragile denning lands and habitats - they deserve more protection in the light of the fact global warming is threatening their survival and now Oil profits are risking any chance polar bears have - wake up we cannot industrialise everywhere - greed has to stop


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