Jeremy Tiemann (
Thu, 23 Mar 2006 07:36:15 -0600

I see the advantages of having one list or separating into two lists,
but I want to play devil's advocate:

Where do you draw the line on what critters can be posted and which
cannot? Although my main joys are fishes and mollusks, I enjoys
sampling all the others (except the 's' animals... snakes, spiders,
and scorpions... they are fine to look-in-from far, but don't expect
me to handle them... yes, I am a wuss.). Do we stick with aquatic
critters? Where do we draw the line on that? Herps? Waterfowl?
Otters? Mermaids?

>My vote goes to keeping it on one list. When I think of native fish I don't
>exclude other freshwater animals. Most of us are interested in the entire
>ecosystem and not just the animals with fins and back bones. BTW when I was a
>kid the Poca River in W.Va. had some really huge mussels,-in-least 10" long
>sometimes. I used to use them as bait on my trot lines. Gas well drilling up
>stream pretty much caused their extinction when I was about 12 years old.

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