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Re: Dragon's Paradise Lost - re-planting KD's in Oz

--- On Thu, 10/1/09, Jura <pristichampsus@yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Jura <pristichampsus@yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: Dragon's Paradise Lost - re-planting KD's in Oz
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009, 12:28 PM
> --- On Thu, 10/1/09, Augusto Haro
> <augustoharo@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > I think something which can help conservation is this:
> all
> > our
> > domestic animals, which come mostly from Eurasia and
> Africa
> > generally
> > outcompete native faunas in Australia and South
> America. I
> > think this
> > is so because we help their reproduction, so, even if
> they
> > are not
> > very well adapted, these species would never
> extinguish
> > because we are
> > assuring their presence, and their eventual escape
> into
> > feral state.
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> Indeed. We call cats and dogs: subsidized predators,
> because they get fed regardless of whether, or not they hunt
> anything.

An irony for those that collect ironies -- In Florida, feral pigs are the 
property of whoever owns the land they happen to be on at any given time. As 
there are people who will pay to hunt pigs (and/or pay for pigmeat), it can be 
argued that this policy provides an economic incentive that assures that there 
will always be some pigs around.

Were a modified form of this policy applied to the highly 
endangered/protected/subsidized Florida Panther, it seems undeniable that both 
panther habitat and Florida Panther populations would be greatly expanded.