Wednesday, January 27, 2010
In case you missed it a few days back, read this very interesting Op-Ed on the matter of jaguars, and whether they should be reestablished in the United States after having been extinct here for at least 100 years. The author, who is devoted to protecting jaguars where they can thrive, thinks that it is a waste of money to try to make them thrive here. Litigious American environmentalists and their allies in the Obama administration think otherwise.
The environmental and conservation movements often seem to be driven as much by a romantic vision of a different world as by a hard-headed assessment of the possible.
Occasionally, I will write a letter to the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle advocating the reintroduction of Grizzly bears to Golden Gate park. For some reason, they have never published any of my letters.
Anon1 - I've advocated for re-establishing an experimental, small, and hunted population of grizzlies in remote parts of California, particularly northern Sierras. I think it would help the environment and bring hunters to the area. No one in the world except me likes the idea (btw, hunted grizzlies are very shy, so there's almost no safety issue involved).
Anon2 - there was a jaguar but it was harassed by Arizona Fish and Game, and later euthanized:
DawnF- hunting the grizzlies doesn't help the environment, but it helps the local economy, and keeps the population controlled to the level we want, as well as keeping them afraid of human contact.
Having the grizzlies there helps the environment by restoring the role they played as an apex predator/scavenger/insectivore/herbivore.