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Re: It was only a matter of time
I am afraid I have to differ. The response below is from someone who does
not have to live with the mess and danger of prairie dog towns.
I agree...don't eliminate them...but they need to be brought into balance.
Ranchers sustain a lot of loss to those little buggers :)
On 3/18/11 12:41 PM, "Augusto Haro" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 2011/3/17 frank bliss <email@example.com>:
>> Living on top of Hell Creek Formation on the Montana/Wyoming border 65 miles
>> from the nearest town, surrounded by excessive coyotes and copious prairie
>> dogs. I'm always having trouble deciding whether to hunt for fossils or hunt
>> for the varmints. Life is full of decisions but in this case, hunting both
>> are pleasurable. One often leads to the other opportunistically if your
>> collecting gear includes an accurate rifle (which mine does). If you've ever
>> had a prized horse break it's leg in a prairie dog hole or have had a calf
>> have his face eaten off by a pack of coyotes while it was being born, you'd
> Sorry by getting off-topic with this rant.
> Frank, if you like wildlife you should not kill praire dogs. They are
> not out of peril, and they have been exterminated in many places.
> Large amount of carnivorous vertebrates sustain thanks to this
> species. In addition, it has been indicated that many herbivorous
> animals prefer to graze where praire dogs are common. They seem to be
> a keystone species, at least for the vertebrate assemblage.
> You say the Earth does not give anything to us. Wrong, the forests
> give us oxygen and capture water, for you, me, and your cattle, and
> does it for free. We tend to see us unrelated with the rest of the
> ecosystem, when we actually need of its functioning a lot. We tend to
> reductionistic and believing the only things important are those we
> know as useful, thus not caring in killing the rest. Many consider
> that with a few domestic species we can survive and forget the others.
> More holistically, out of prevention given our current small
> understanding on the functioning of the complexities of the relations
> of ecosystems we should be care not to remove species from ecosystems
> because of fear to unexpectable consequences.
> And, how fair is it for European-culture man to invade the terrain
> where American predators previously thrived, replace their common prey
> with cattle, and then get furious when they go after the only prey
> they can find?