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On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 3:09 PM, tulimgr <solutions39@...> wrote:
> I just read Andy's conservation column on sage grouse and thought I'd make
> a few comments about it on birdyak. First, the next time you look in your
> golden or petersen birdbook, look at the map for sage grouse. It is a dot in
> the middle of Washington state. It was the same for pygmy rabbits. If I
> learned anything from the pygmy rabbit issue, it is some wildlife die off,
> become extirpated, or extinct no matter how hard we work to turn things
> around. It is a fact, deal with it.
> With both sage grouse and pygmy rabbits, they will be extirpated from our
> state, but not extinct. Populations can be found in other parts of the
> northwest. They too are in decline.
> As a tax payer, I question the state and federal funds spent on trying to
> maintain a dying species. I think thresholds need to be developed that stop
> funding and just let the species go. It seems there are times when state or
> federal fish and wildlife agencies get involved you see study after study
> after study with no clear improvement, just alot of reading material that
> repeats past studies and makes the same recommendations. Additionally, the
> last time I checked, grouse and rabbits can't read...so this may be why they
> are not cooperating with fish and game biologists.
> I also find the inevitable contradictions in this article. Such as,
> agriculture eliminated most of the sage grouse habitat. Then, it states that
> in Moses Coulee, agriculture is helping the sage grouse. In the case of the
> pygmy rabbit, wildlife biologists claimed that grazing would keep the
> grasses mowed down to help prevent wildfires that would destroy the mature
> stands of sage the rabbit needed as habitat.
> And then there's the Firing Center comments about using live rounds during
> training that cause wildfires. Consider the consequences of sending soldiers
> into battle without having fired live rounds. Because of birds??? Rabbits???
> Extirpation followed by extinction has been happening on this planet for
> quite some time. Somehow, we humans who care about nature got the idea that
> extinction is a thing of the past, like when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
> Biologists and conservationists should know better than anyone that
> evolution did not stop with the Industrial Age. Evolution created modern day
> man which is the culprit in most incidents of extirpation and extinctions.
> This does not bode well for grouse and rabbits in the 21st century.
> Will the northwest survive without sage grouse and pygmy rabbits? Yes. It
> progressed without mammoths, camels and three toed horses found in our local
> fossil beds. It can also survive without hatchery fish, non native sport
> fish, non native upland game birds, Rocky Mountain elk, Rocky Mountain big
> horn sheep, Oregon and Wyoming antelope, buffalo, etc, etc, etc. Get the
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