Tuesday, May 23, 2006

News from Europe

A number of sheep in Germany were recently killed. The suspect is a wild bear. These bears have been extinct in Europe for many years, but "conservationists" have been reintroducing the bears in Italy and Spain. One of these bears, similar to a Canadian grizzly, is believed to have crossed the Alps, decended into Germany and is now killing livestock.

Now, what is wrong with this story. More more precisely, what is wrong with the minds of people who are reintroducing grizzly bears into Europe? Any ecological damage done by their extinction was over years ago. Now, by reintroducing these bears they will do more damage to the current ecosystem (not to mention farms). Also, I wonder if the "conservationists" really understand what they are doing. The grizzly bear is one of the biggest, toughest and meanest creatures on any continent. There are large areas of Canada that would be beautiful hiking country, if it wasn't for the presence of grizzly bears and the need to be heavily armed in the bush.

A similar story comes out of my home town of Sudbury. "Conservationists" reintroduced falcons, which have been extinct in the area for a hundred years. Falcons. Good idea. Now there are falcons. There are no other birds because the falcons have killed all of them. But falcons are now reintroduced. Another victory for animal conservation.


Anonymous jgriffin said...

Maybe they could introduce some falcons here and get rid of the crows ;)

8:59 p.m.  
Blogger Shawn Abigail said...

I guess I find it somewhat amusing that in the name of conservation, they've killed off a dozen other species of birds.

As for the crows in Ottawa, I'm all for killing off whatever species it is that is picking apart my garbage bags as they sit outside waiting to be collected. Since the liberal elite would have hissy-fits about firing shotguns within city limits, I guess falcons it is!

9:43 p.m.  

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