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Posted by MAYDAY on May 14, 2003 at 05:59:07:
In Reply to: unbelievable posted by wendy on May 13, 2003 at 22:23:30:
Wendy, Please let's stick to the subject.........
We are talking about ONE GUY who found a hatchling mud turtle ( a very common one at that) and kept it OK? Not 50 people going to the same pond and taking one. Not commercial collecting (which is appalling). Not wholesale three stripe mud turtle roundups. Remember, all I said was that this ONE GUY keeping a hatchling mud turtle that he found was fine as far as I was concerned.
What do I get? A bunch of "What if" scenarios! "What if 50 people felt that way?" etc, etc. "What if that is the ONE survivor of a population?" And, "There are people who spend time and effort to rescue and adopt turtles" Man! Talk about blowing things out of proportion!
It is easy to imagine that the removal of a single hatchling mud turtle---AND PLEASE!THIS IS ALL WE ARE TALKING ABOUT!!!--can cause the extinction of an entire population. But that is simply not the case. If anyone pretends that it will (in some far fetched scenario) then they simply have no field experience or no concept of population dynamics.
Again.....I am only talking about the removal of a single hatchling K. bauri...NOT COMMERCIAL COLLECTING.