Re: NANFA-- Probability of Dead Stuff
Tue, 12 Sep 2000 23:33:44 EDT

In a message dated 9/9/00 9:51:19 AM Eastern Daylight Time,

<< bear in mind that the blue shiners decline VERY quickly outside of the
Cherokee forest and this is due in large to those houses and farms that line
the river down there. Also, they have all but been eliminated from most of
their (once relatively large) range with the exceptions of the upper
Conasauga and Little River (both somewhat protected). Interactions with
humans have definitely not favored rare, sensitive, aquatic species. >>

I will admit that there are certain "interactions" which are undesirable for
wildlife; this would definitely be a ngative example. Agricultural run-off is
not what I had in mind for "interactions" between fishes and the public which
would lead to appreciation of native fishes. That is a good point which you
brought up however; the type of interactions between some fish and people
should be controlled. People should not be able to put anything in the
vicinity of a federally threatened species which could harm it, and should be
compelled to take steps to ensure that none of their actions result in harm
to the species in question ( this includes farmers and homeowners).

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