Archive for January, 2008

Aldo Leopold’s Wisdom

January 28, 2008

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My feelings about the recent USFWS jaguar ruling are best summarized by that wonderful conservation thinker, Aldo Leopold. He was referring to grizzlies, but if you change Canada and Alaska to Mexico and South America and grizzlies to jaguars you get the point.

“There seems to be a tacit assumption that if grizzlies survive in
Canada and Alaska, that is good enough. It is not good enough
for me. . . . Relegating grizzlies to Alaska is about like
relegating happiness to heaven; one may never get there.”

Arizona Game and Fish response to USFWS jaguar decision

January 24, 2008

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Here’s the official take from AZ Game and Fish. I can’t help but see it as some pretty profound rationalization but you can decide for yourself.

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On January 17, 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a News Release on its decision that a U.S. recovery plan for the jaguar would not advance

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Natalie Dawson Q&A

January 22, 2008

I’m really pleased to get back to the Q&A sessions and 2008 starts off with PhD candidate Natalie Dawson. As she admits, she’s not a jaguar biologist but her biological insights and opinions are interesting and well-worth reading. I thank Natalie for taking the time to answer my questions!

  1. Please tell us how you became involved in wildlife and wildlife conservation.

    I am currently finishing my PhD in conservation biology at the University of New Mexico. Like many biologists, my early-age experience out-of-doors gave me a curiosity and passion for (more…)

The Proverbial Crock

January 17, 2008

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It’s hard to read this article and avoid feelings of anger, disgust and cynicism. I, for one, shall not.

Here’s a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity.