Re: NANFA-- an encouraging note on the endangered species front

R. W. Wolff (
Tue, 2 Dec 2003 13:59:30 -0600

"According to one adage, landowners who find an endangered species on their
property have an incentive to "shoot, shovel and shut up," rather than
provide for a creature that usually carries a lot of regulatory baggage. "

"Many of Arizona's endangered species, like jaguars and pygmy owls, can be
difficult or impossible to find, capture and propagate. But with fish, it's
often a much easier task. "

"Biologists see additional populations of native fish as an insurance policy
against catastrophes like the Aspen Fire - in a sense, spreading their eggs
among many baskets"

The three quotes I lifted from the article are reasons I believe this is a
great Idea. Especially the first one. I believe this to be true since I had
access to private land denied to me when I explained I wanted to catch small
fish, and possibly plants for my garden pond. The remark was along the lines
" what are you really going to be poking around for back there?" Which takes
me to the third quote, spreading all the "eggs among many baskets"
eliminates the worry that a land owner may have a small population of
something listed critical. It is probably impossible to remove G. affinus
from areas they are destroying populations of less competitve species, but
putting these species in habitats without competition can save them.

The worry that it might not work out, atleast something was tried. I find
this more productive than much of the current thought of keeping fingers
crossed and just hoping things will get better. If the main cause of the
decline was introduced species, or changed habitat not likely to be returned
to orginal, then this can be a start.

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