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Posted by creep77 on March 23, 2003 at 15:00:48:
In Reply to: C'mon creep........ posted by Barney on March 20, 2003 at 18:32:41:
What about NYS? Any idea what is going on w/DEC? Country's first conservation agency and nowadays they are reduced to pencil-pushing. The reason being that 'they already know enough about the wildlife. All state agencies (that I know of) focus on game species and disregard those non-game species.
So snakes cross roads, collecting them has the same effect as roadkilling, possibly even worse as not all snakes on the road are killed. Give some collectors a chance and they'll pick up everything they see.
Over time, one who is experienced in the field of wildlife biology (and its bureaucratic idiosyncrises(sp?))can easily distinguish those whose hobbies have nothing to do with their everyday jobs, and don't take into consideration how delicate our surrounding ecosystems really are.
:....degree or no degree, what evidence exists which supports your view? I have yet to read a valid study that provides data to back up what your saying. I can't fathom how anyone with a science background can beleive that road collecting does any harm at all to a population. The roads do the majority of the damage and in turn mother nature does her best to account for that.
:What's the point in arguing over something that you can't support. People have been collecting from roads for years and will continue to do so as long as it is legal to do so. If the impact was as great as some of you try and pretend it is, state wildlife agencies would surely be aware of that fact and would act accordingly.