Re: NANFA-L-- Could Elephants Become an Envasive Species?
Fri, 19 Aug 2005 16:13:35 EDT

In a message dated 8/19/05 1:29:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> Now, why is the pleistocene any more important than any other time in
> geological history? And why would we not, if we want to bring back a
> megafauna to the American Great Plains, work with those that were here
> more recently, like elk, bison, grizzlies, lobos, instead of elephants,
> lions, and so on?

Because elephants, zebra's and cheetahs are exotic, the bison, grizzlies are
ordinary. One of humans main activities over the past many thousands of years
has been introducing exotic animals for our own purposes, usually as herd
animals or pets but in this case as simply curiosity. It's what humans do, good or
bad is a matter of whether it benefits you in some way. I know that an
unpopular view in this group but the truth is the truth..... Wait until a few angry
young bull elephants decide to take out a few houses in an out lying suburb
like they do occasionally in Africa and some of the coolness just might wear

Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the
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