someone else said:
> Maybe the only way to get things changed is for native fish
> to join forces with reptile hobbyists, aviculturalisats and others to
> legislative changes and simply go over the heads of the wildlife
> they are not open to discussion. Unless we now live in a totalitarian
> these agencies must still comply with the rulings of an elected
These wildlife agencies are not made of arrogant dolts who routinely
common sense. State and federal wildlife agencies, along with all
that produce intangible long-term benefits, are chronically underfunded
politically under-represented. So if they have policies that don't make
well, that makes sense.
Almost everytime these government and state agencies are mentioned on
this list, it always seems to be in bash mode. I guess few notice the
works they do. Having volunteered at a wildlife refuge, and having had a
chance to follow some mid-Atlantic states trying to work together on a
particular fisheries issue, I've come away feeling sympathetic towards
these agencies. Sure, there are some bizarre regulations out there, and
of these folks don't have the best of people skills. So they piss you
But look at the big picture. On the whole, they're doing pretty good.
By all means, *do* lobby your legislators. But when doing so, don't
forget to praise the good work that has already been done by these
They need our support as well as our criticism.
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