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  •  The environmental argument against states' rights (3+ / 0-)

    is perhaps the best & most important one.  Corrupt state government & management can devastate, in short order, the local natural resources for profit.

    Those aren't Wyoming's wolves; those are US wolves living in Wyoming.  There must be state-level management authority for those rare cases when predators do cause damage to commercial herds, but there must be a scientifically determined, federally enforced floor below which a state cannot go, & criminal penalties for those who do.  

    And to pre-empt the obvious argument, yes I believe strongly in protected predator reintroduction across the Midwest, South, & Eastern US, too.  Not the "wolves in Central Park" argument of the most anti-biodiversity set, but a national policy to acquire land in economically dying rural areas, recreate wild habitat, & reintroduce all extirpated species.   Tear up the roads & post the National Guard if necessary to keep people out except by permit.  Say what you want about the odds of that happening, but it's what we ought to do, if we are ever able to regain our senses in addition to regaining democratic control of our nation.

     

    Before elections have their consequences, Activism has consequences for elections.

    by Leftcandid on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 07:06:13 AM PST

    •  Almost everything was dead by 1900 (0+ / 0-)

      Market hunting had wiped out nearly every game species in the Rocky Mountain region by 1900.  Without Teddy Roosevelt and modern wildlife management, we wouldn't have what we have.

      Hunters have wanted hikers to pitch in with money for years but the recreational camping industry refuses to match the money that hunters spend every year to directly manage game populations, pay for game damage, and study the results of the wolf re-introduction around Yellowstone.

      Most of the numbers being thrown around are produced by each states Department of Wildlife and those numbers are paid for by hunters and fishermen.  

      You can by habitat stamp from the Colorado DOW if you don't want to hunt, but almost no hikers/campers do that.

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