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Delisting the Yellowstone-area grizzlies is premature...and trophy hunting them is out of the question. Bears face an uncertain future with critical changes in their traditional food supply--due in part to climate change; with obstacles to habitat expansion and connectivity to other bear populations; with the possibility of immediate trophy hunting when too many conflict-related mortalities already occur; and grizzly bears have one of the slowest rates of reproduction among terrestrial mammals due to the late age of first motherhood (4-9 yrs.), small average litter size, and the long interval between litters (3 or more years). If humans want to be proud of something, they should show some restraint and humility, learn to co-exist with bears, and refrain from "managing" grizzlies for trophy mounts and bearskin rugs.
For anyone who'd like to explore this topic further, you can find answers to questions at the Nonhuman Rights Project website...here's the Q&A page: http://www.nonhumanrightsproject.org/qa-ab…
While their behavior might be 'repelling,' they allegedly 'rappelled' in Arches. More to the point, the shallow selfie culture--which jeopardizes wild places and wild nonhuman animals in addition to the ego-driven selfie-snapper--and the 'mob mentality on social media' (as you so aptly put it) are sad illustrations of human values' race to the bottom.
Mountain bikes in designated Wilderness is like Groundhog Day--an endless loop of the same wrong--and wrong-headed--argument. But there really IS no argument, except from those who want what they want. Note:
"The choice Congress made to use the word mechanization in section 2(a) of the Act, when it might have limited its reference to motors, has an essential implication. Congress understood "mechanization" and "motors" to be distinct categories, the latter a subset of the former. And Congress unequivocally prohibited both. In doing so, Congress was following the fundamental philosophy of wilderness and its use, as these had been enunciated by the earliest pioneers in developing wilderness preservation concepts
and policies." Briefing Paper: Mechanization in Wilderness Areas: Motors, Motorized Equipment, and Other Forms of Mechanical Transport"
Howard Zahniser, principal author of the Wilderness Act, wrote, “I believe we have a profound fundamental need for areas of the earth where we stand without our mechanisms that make us immediate masters over our environment.” A bicycle is mechanical transport--always has been, always will be. ~Kathleen
"...Young defends Wildlife Services' lethal activities. Among her proudest achievements was designing an M-44an exploding cyanide cartridge favored by many trappers—that kills coyotes without accidentally taking swift and kit foxes."
"Proudest achievement"? Creating a lethal device that causes a horrible death for sentient nonhumans? That right there tells you all you need to know about the mindset of Wildlife Services. Here's WS's complete 2014 table of taxpayer-funded death--see for yourself what our own government is perpetrating against the wildlife Americans claim to love:
And here's the ultimate irony: the government, with our tax dollars, exterminates native American wildlife to protect ranchers' nonnative livestock....the same livestock industry that's already subsidized by taxpayers, that exploits nonhuman "market animals" and causes their immense suffering, is wrecking the planet with greenhouse gasses, pollution, deforestation, etc., all to create a product that no one needs. It's criminal.
Excellent--thank you Tim Layden. Designated Wilderness is a quiet refuge for not only human animals who go there by choice, but also for nonhuman animals who MUST live there. It should be THEIR refuge, also--but sadly, that isn't always the case. Bikes would be just one more disrupting incursion into the depths of the wilderness homes of animals whose very survival could be at stake. "Wilderness is an animals rights issue" http://www.othernationsjustice.org/?p=1241…
"U.S. could feed 800 million people with grain that livestock eat, Cornell ecologist advises animal scientists" http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/1997/0…
Also, don't miss UNILAD's "The dangers of industrialized animal agriculture":
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