Reasonable, coordinated multi-state management makes sense, particularly since some of these bears (and wolves) are doing some serious traveling into whole new areas, and will do so at a greater rate as they continue to expand their populations. It's all one ecosystem to them . . .
As sarcasm, it's a great piece of writing - who better to interpret the constitution than a gun toting posse of vigilantes, indeed?? As serious opinion, boy howdy, are you one scarey dude.
Louise, I beg to differ with you when it comes to "plug in wolves" (I'll accept coyotes and bears). With states pushing to breed enough wolves to "de-list" wolves in their state, little attention, if any, has been paid to the "second tier" predators - or the pressures put on them by the introduction of an Alpha species into their territories. Yellowstone has documented a collapse in these secondary predators since the introduction of wolves to that ecosystem, and here in the Idaho panhandle we had a sudden surge of the big cats in places these shy, solitary felines should not be (close to homes, edges of towns) as they have been forced to make detours in their traditional hunting areas to avoid wolves. In states like Idaho, where wolves have become over-plentiful, I'd like to see Idaho's Fins and Fur ban cougar hunting until habitat balances out somewhat. But i dream . . . the "iconic" wolf being so much more popular in urbanite fantisies . . .
If our Congress really wanted to do something useful, they'd make it a tad less difficult for the Forest Service to put up timber sales . . . eliminate the potential for all timber sales to be challenged in court and thin it down to where sales can only be challenged if there really is a good reason for concern. Turning our public lands over to the states might boost state coffers short term, but the end result would be that our lands would be "privatized" (sold to the highest bidder . . .). Better the Forest Service have the reins loosened a bit, so they can go back to allowing reasonable harvest of our abundant natural resources - the frustration level of local communities would drop considerably, and the whole issue of transferring land would die the natural death it deserves.
Cloud seeding - stealing from Peter to get Paul wet. Think about it. Pulling water from the clouds before it is ready to fall on its own means that rain you "released" early won't be raining elsewhere. How are different states going to coordinate? Can't you imagine the lawsuits, the court complications? Relying on weather tampering to solve the problems that come with our changing climate is worse than doing nothing, but the lawyers will have a fine time in court . . .
Wow. What a truly astounding display of ignorance and greed. I don't understand how this can be acceptable even to the most "industrial minded". Such a small place to leave alone amongst so many places to drill.
I suppose your local press is ambivalent on this subject . . . you need some heavy-weight folks doing some serious jumping up and down. How do the Navajos feel about this?
This article is the best summation of the situation That i have read to date. Our county, Shoshone, has one of, if not the highest amount of Forest Service ground in the state. Our schools and road budgets are going to be devastated. And I can guarantee you that a lot of that ground is not the stuff of tourist attractions.
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