Re: NANFA--The Drifters: was "ichthyology's not that bad"

Doug Dame (
Tue, 05 Jun 2001 18:42:32 -0400

Chuck Church is wondering what you might catch in a drift net:

>> What else is typically caught in a drift net?
> > If the mesh is small enough, local wild daphnia?

And Bruce Stallsmith is apparently hypothesizing that, if one sets up a drift net in a suitably sheltered academic environment, it will function very effectively as a terrestrial bear attractant.

Presumably for this usage, the size of the mesh is not a significant factor, but the more visible the net is, the greater the range from which the bear/s will be drawn. (That's my hypothesis, I guess that would also need to be verified empirically.)

Sample dialogue as follows:

Occifer: "What ARE you doing ???" [in an aggressive, and perhaps ignorant, tone.]

Dr. Stallsmith: "I am conducting a socio-demographic field survey on the visual triggers involved in ursine response behaviors .. um, let me see, you have one fellow occifer there in the vehicle, do you not ? Let me make a note of that ...."


Doug Dame
Interlachen FL
That's where I live, right at the
moment, I'm working on-campus.

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