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Old 07-13-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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Came across this article yesterday http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_21...-boost-wyoming and it got me thinking about exactly how many extinctions we've seen in North America.

If it wasn't for Yellowstone being created back in 1904 the Bison would have been extinct. There was just a lone herd of 100 left alive. Same as the Trumpeter Swan in the above article. Yellowstone was one of their last refuges, I guess.

The Timber wolf was hunted to extinction, the carrier pigeon, the Eastern elk also was hunted to extinction. River otters were recently reintroduced into Colorado because they had been trapped out of existence (not extincted totally, only locally). Lynx had to be reintroduced to Colorado recently also. Wolverine used to roam the Colorado high country, none have officially been sighted since 1949.

It's gotdang sad seeing a species wiped out by us, or locally wiped out. A buddy of mine was whining about a lynx circling his tent when he was out hunting elk. He's a family member so I didn't laugh in his face. Really? You're out hunting elk with a 30.06 and you're worried about a 50 lb lynx? What's it gonna do, steal a rabbit from you? Dude's an idiot, he figured he should be able to shoot it just because.
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:34 PM   #2
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The extinctions should be sorted into "tasty" and "not tasty."
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PBS here in Chicago has been replaying the Ken Burns National Parks mini series and I rewatched the one on Yellowstone/Yosemite/Mesa Verde last night.

It is sad that a country as big and vast as ours could systematically hunt species to extinction in under 20 years. Imagine waiting 3 hours for a herd of Buffalo to pass the train tracks!

The thing that struck me most was how we almost lost the Enchanted forest because people wanted to grind up the petrified logs for abrasives or hunt for quartz and make a quick couple bucks with no regard for any future generations.

One of the reasons I feel so strong about Manned spaceflight is discovering resources in other places in our solar system so we can keep the Earth's resources in tact for the future.
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The Wolf numbers are totally out of control in Yellowstone. They need to be hunted back to extinction.
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Came across this article yesterday http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_21...-boost-wyoming and it got me thinking about exactly how many extinctions we've seen in North America.

If it wasn't for Yellowstone being created back in 1904 the Bison would have been extinct. There was just a lone herd of 100 left alive. Same as the Trumpeter Swan in the above article. Yellowstone was one of their last refuges, I guess.

The Timber wolf was hunted to extinction, the carrier pigeon, the Eastern elk also was hunted to extinction. River otters were recently reintroduced into Colorado because they had been trapped out of existence (not extincted totally, only locally). Lynx had to be reintroduced to Colorado recently also. Wolverine used to roam the Colorado high country, none have officially been sighted since 1949.

It's gotdang sad seeing a species wiped out by us, or locally wiped out. A buddy of mine was whining about a lynx circling his tent when he was out hunting elk. He's a family member so I didn't laugh in his face. Really? You're out hunting elk with a 30.06 and you're worried about a 50 lb lynx? What's it gonna do, steal a rabbit from you? Dude's an idiot, he figured he should be able to shoot it just because.
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:23 PM   #6
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my big issue with people is the fact they feel they need to control everything. nature did fine for millions of years yet now people feel they need to control their outside environment because "theres too many" or species is growing unsustainably. you think nature cant fix that issue over time?

not to mention poachers and ignorance especially in areas like china and africa where animals get hunted to extinction because they have mystical magical properties.
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The Wolf numbers are totally out of control in Yellowstone. They need to be hunted back to extinction.
bada bing.

Unfortunately, the "smart ones" who re-introduced the wolves into the Rockies picked the wrong wolf to do it with.

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Natural selection theorizes some individuals will survive and reproduce more successfully than others in their current environment thereby creating a population well adapted to their environment. Canis lupus occidentalis and canis lupus columbianus are adapted to ecosystems far to the north of the American Rocky Mountains. They are a much larger subspecies than canis lupus irremotus and they hunt in much larger packs. Canis lupus irremotus usually hunted in packs of two animals. Canis lupus occidentalis is the wolf of the Alaska tundra. It is a super sized, super hunter that hunts in very large packs following the caribou herds across thousands of miles. How could anyone in their right mind introduce canis lupus occidentalis (Mackenzie Valley Wolf) into the lower 48 states
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:07 PM   #8
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No big deal guys. Just an anthropomorphic mass extinction of the grandest scale. Just homoecophagus metastasizing right in front of us and overtaking the earths natural defenses. Cities are tumors, roads are malignant veins, etc. Entropy. Despair. End of days.

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The extinctions should be sorted into "tasty" and "not tasty."
It always strikes me as odd when people find the destruction of that which makes our own existence possible amusing.
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Yup, our society is filled with complete morons. There is no regard for animal life today. Hunters think they are manly because they can kill a defenseless animal with a rifle lol and then post the pictures on Facebook. In most cases I'd rather have a human die instead of an animal lol. I guess people nowadays just stay inside checking status updates instead of enjoying nature and the outdoors.
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bada bing.

Unfortunately, the "smart ones" who re-introduced the wolves into the Rockies picked the wrong wolf to do it with.

http://explorethebitterroot.com/the-...-over-our-eyes
That's the thing. You have humans "picking" what to save and what to kill. Basic example. In Colorado Rainbow trout are regulated and even protected in gold medal waters (meaning catch and release only). Go to WY and they want fisherman to kill Rainbow trout as they are trying to protect the Cutthroat trout.

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Yup, our society is filled with complete morons. There is no regard for animal life today. Hunters think they are manly because they can kill a defenseless animal with a rifle lol and then post the pictures on Facebook. In most cases I'd rather have a human die instead of an animal lol. I guess people nowadays just stay inside checking status updates instead of enjoying nature and the outdoors.

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Yup, our society is filled with complete morons. There is no regard for animal life today. Hunters think they are manly because they can kill a defenseless animal with a rifle lol and then post the pictures on Facebook. In most cases I'd rather have a human die instead of an animal lol. I guess people nowadays just stay inside checking status updates instead of enjoying nature and the outdoors.
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Who cares about wildlife just pump that oil b1tch!!
Oil rigs do hunt the **** out of a herd.

Also...oil saved the whales. Until crude oil was widely used for whale oil was used and whales were on the verge of extinction so crude oil saved more whales than those knuckle dragging slap***** on Whale Wars ever have.
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Yup, our society is filled with complete morons. There is no regard for animal life today. Hunters think they are manly because they can kill a defenseless animal with a rifle lol and then post the pictures on Facebook. In most cases I'd rather have a human die instead of an animal lol. I guess people nowadays just stay inside checking status updates instead of enjoying nature and the outdoors.
Hell, I haven't shot a critter in years but I am putting in for all my tags this year because of you. Thanks.
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The Wolf numbers are totally out of control in Yellowstone. They need to be hunted back to extinction.
Yeesh. But it's rugbythug, so not a surprise. What else do you think should be hunted to extinction?
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bada bing.

Unfortunately, the "smart ones" who re-introduced the wolves into the Rockies picked the wrong wolf to do it with.

http://explorethebitterroot.com/the-...-over-our-eyes
Yeah, well, they didn't have a lot of choices did they since local populations were wiped out.
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Who cares about liberals just pump that oil b1tch!! DRILL BABY DRILL!
You sound like one of those guys who drives a giant "American made" (read Chinese) truck and buys gobs of middle eastern oil to support your dim witted notion that the "American Dream" means pissing wherever you want.
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Oil rigs do hunt the **** out of a herd.

Also...oil saved the whales. Until crude oil was widely used for whale oil was used and whales were on the verge of extinction so crude oil saved more whales than those knuckle dragging slap***** on Whale Wars ever have.
I still use whale oil to heat/power my house. That's how I roll.
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