Re: NANFA-- Probability of Dead Stuff

R. W. Wolff (
Fri, 8 Sep 2000 15:13:56 -0700

The last wild passenger pigeon was supposedly shot and killed some miles
west of here in Babcock. I and others have seen larger than usual oddly
patterned mourning doves that could possibly be relict populations of
passenger pigeons. After reporting this to bioligists , I got the feeling
they thought I was taking mind altering substances. Anyway, the marsh here
is so vast, a population could have easily made it. AS for the day glo
parakeet, nothing like them exists in their past range, and they are very
visisble, so it is sadly true that they are gone. I also think that
limiting any human interaction with wild rare species in not a good Idea
either, if no one can appreciate them, then who will really care when the
time comes to put a parking lot over there last breeding / spawning grounds?
All possible interactions with wild life must be promoted, so more and more
people can be exposed to them. Just think how many people in NANFA if NANFA
did not exist woud even have learned about our fish? Also, when human
activity is so regulated, more people will have a growing animosity to these
protected creatures, and hope for their demise. I see the bumper stickers
for " Wolf tastes like Chicken " here all the time. You can possibly get in
more trouble harming a wolf, than you could doing the same harm to a human,
and that really bothers people. Even if the wolf is attacking livestock,
pets, or family members. The more who know, the more who appreciate, the
more who care that these will be there for future generations. That is my
opinion anyways.

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