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Invasive Species Are A Real Problem, Not A Punchline


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife )

Cher
- 487 days ago - greenerideal.com
Dealing with invasive species forces us to confront a series of difficult questions. Is it wrong to try to eradicate a species from a country or continent? Is there any way to kill them humanely in large enough numbers to make a difference?



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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 9:35 am

The Florida Everglades are another place that people dump their pet snakes and now these invasive species are killing the natural fauna of the area. It should be illegal and punishable with high fines and jail terms for bringing an invasive species into this or any country. In reality it's not a joke. Thanks Cher, this is a serous problem.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 10:57 am
How easy is it to "dump" unwanted pets into a lake, or a body of water.
 

Barbara D. (78)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 11:28 am
It's a very difficult situation to which the only answer is that they must be eliminated or contained. The question is how to do so efficiently and in a way that will stand up to public opinion.
Take the situation of the brown snakes on Guam. Stowaways on military transport overtook the island destroying local populations of birds and other small animals. Without birds, spider and other insect species are growing to epidemic proportions. The snakes have destroyed the biodiversity of the island, have become a menace to the human population, and are short-circuiting the electrical grid causing brownouts. Tourism, a mainstay of the island, has plummeted.
Yet the proposed solution of dropping poisoned bait has been fiercely protested by animal rights groups.
 

Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 1:03 pm
Noted! I say gather them up and ship them back to where they are from!
 

Thomas B. (1)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 1:48 pm
We need more wolves and mountains to control invasive horses.,
 

Thomas B. (1)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 1:49 pm
We need more wolves and mountain lions to control invasive horses.
 

Ruth S. (298)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 2:19 pm
Poor animals, its not their fault that some stupid person threw them away because they got to big for them to handle!
 

Kate Kenner (209)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 3:13 pm
yes they are and we are the ones responsible for them being here as well as being the ultimate invasive species. We have no place in the natural balance of things and destroy everything we touch. There is nothing natural about factory farms, skyscrapers, cars, and need I go on? If there is a species that should be extinct it is us.
 

Kara C. (15)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 4:14 pm
Here in Australia pest species are a massive problem that are driving a massive number of native species near extinct. There are a lot of number reduction programs and while they are rarely humane they are usually overlooked because they are needed. I a vegetarian animal rights activist have personally killed rabbits, foxes, feral pigs and easily thousands of adult cane toads (probably millions of eggs and toadpoles), even though I kill all but the toads humanely it's not nice and they can't help what they are but our native species have to come first.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 4:48 pm
You CAN'T "gather them up and ship them back to where they are from!" That's a simplistic response which will only make matters worse.

First you don't KNOW ''where they are from." There are species, sub-species and even hybrids...all of whom carry possible contamination. Dumping a thousand individuals into an ecosystem which now supports ten is just a disaster!
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 6:51 pm
It's not just animals that can be invasive. Plants have taken over many areas, forcing out the native plants. Invasive anything has to taken care of immediately or the natural ecosystem can change considerably.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 8:13 pm
Yeah, GGma Sheila, I thought of plants too, which are even harder to deal with in some ways.
 

Inge Bjorkman (147)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 12:37 am
Perhaps we humans belong to the ecosystem as well?

Love
 

John Gregoire (262)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 3:53 am
Might I remind that House Sparrows ans Starlings are also "invasive species" that we have become quite used to. There's a theory that foreign species compete with natives and some succeed wildly while others perish. perhaps we are witnessing a global survival of the strongest thanks to our shrinking world. As to invasive animals caused by people -we have few of the former and too damn many of the latter.
 

Sara P. (61)
Monday August 26, 2013, 11:29 am
Thanks Cher.
 
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