Re: NANFA-- Columbia trip gear (hellbenders plus!)
Wed, 7 Jan 2004 23:16:12 -0500

Quoting Bruce Stallsmith <>:

> animals or as preserved specimens. Overcollecting has been considered a
> serious threat in Arkansas (Osborne, pers. comm. 1992); a decline was noted
> in the early 1990s, apparently due to collecting (1992, End. Sp. Tech. Bull.

I would have to go to the primary sources, but I treat "pers. comm." and
"apparently" with suspicion. I'm not saying you're wrong - I would just have to
get the information firsthand. It sounds like recreational collecting should be
off-limits for certain AK pops, but where the animal is S4 or S5, what's the harm?
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