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Posted by karenh on April 20, 2003 at 21:27:50:
In Reply to: Re: Cane Toad? posted by Colchicine on April 18, 2003 at 19:20:05:
I think some people go too far when referring to native species. How far back in time do we go to restore or keep native species? I believe the worst problem we have is habitat destruction. A new 20 acre mega mall seems to be going up every day. I've kept track of dead animals on the roads to and from my work for the last two years. Guess what, a little over a thousand animals of 62 different species (and that is what I could identify) in one year on one 15 mile road. None of these were killed by cats or invasive species. Yet nobody advocates killing cars or even driving less.
:I agree with you here Mark. Invasive species have actually been as much of a detriment to our native species as habitat destruction. In my book, invasive species have no rights other than to have a humane death. I once exchanged e-mails with a person in Australia who ran a web site for the government who advocated killing cane toads by freezing them. This is not considered humane anymore and I urged them to include a paragraph on their web site talking about the use of oragel. Unfortunately that is the only way to euthanize an amphibian for the common hobbyist without getting thrown in jail for possessing a controlled substance!