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Posted by Lyle on November 21, 2002 at 20:05:16:
In Reply to: Re: herp Laws posted by LK on November 19, 2002 at 17:31:23:
of species introduction. Many introduced species that have become pests have done so either by the action or inaction of the government. In some cases the government releases non-native wildlife for whatever reason, in other cases a species becomes introduced and it's either ignored or, in worse cases, protected by the government. Example: The WDFW has been aware of the introduced pigs in Southwest Washington for years and has only recently attempted to do anything about the growing population. All it really takes is to classify them as a deleterious species and encourage hunters to go get some pork chops (which they did, recently). Another Example: The American Bullfrog is an introduced species here in Washington State and, the last time I checked, you can't harvest them without a permit and there are bag limits. Why protect an introduced species? Why not encourage people to eat as many frog leggs they can handle without having to buy a permit?
Humans have done a good job at endangering species in their homland without even trying, what's to keep us from doing the same to an introduced species if we put some real effort into it? Of course, I think it's too late for the Bullfrogs. All we can really do is keep their numbers in check in certain areas, as they've expanded too much in this state for us to wipe them out.