America's greatest legacy is the protected lands of our national forests, wilderness, and national parks. These public lands belong to these animals as much as they belong to the public. Not only are they protected by law, but they are also the last remnants of the great wilderness areas that once spanned continents, now reduced to scattered parcels of land, disconnected, and still vulnerable to human depradations like pollution, global warming, and even logging.
Now with political pressure mounting to privatize these public lands, it's more important than ever that we recognize both their beauty and their fragility, and acknowledge the need to protect them from further destruction lest we be left with nought but a global wasteland.
These animals are part of the natural beauty of our public lands, part of the ecology.