You are here: home   Issues   Special issue: Natural resources education   Gratuitous hand-wringing
Topic: Flora & Fauna     Department: Letters

Gratuitous hand-wringing

Document Actions

We can't help the animals unless we understand their needs ("Wildlife Biology Goes High-Tech," HCN, 12/10/12). In a world of ever-increasing human encroachment on the last pristine habitats, denying people their "God-given right" to property ownership requires justification, and that is why studies such as those cited in Robbins' story are invaluable. I have marked fish, frogs and turtles for telemetry, mark-and-recapture and other studies in the San Francisco Bay Area, and can attest that biologists have zero interest in a tracking technology that is cumbersome, painful or otherwise harmful to the subject as it results in a higher risk of predation and a loss of data. We are studying them because we care about them, and our jobs don't need to be made harder by people who fret that we are "hurting them."

Michelle Leicester
Walnut Creek, California

Email Newsletter

The West in your Inbox

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Follow our RSS feeds!
  1. The death of backpacking? | Younger people don’t seem interested in this out...
  2. A graceful gazelle becomes a pest | Inrroducing an African gazelle called the oryx for...
  3. What's killing the Yukon's salmon? | An ecological mystery in Alaska has scientists and...
  4. Plains sense | Ten years after Frank and Deborah Popper first pro...
  5. North Dakota wrestles with radioactive oilfield waste | Regulators look at raising the limit for radiation...
HCN Classifieds
Subscriber Alert
 
© 2014 High Country News, all rights reserved. | privacy policy | terms of use | powered by Plone