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Old 05-24-2009, 03:32 PM   #1
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It's nature's law: When people arrive, animals vanish
Posted on Wednesday, 05.20.09
By Robert S. Boyd
McClatchy Newspapers

It's nature's law: When people arrive, animals vanish - Politics AP - MiamiHerald.com
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It seems to be a law of nature that when people come, animals go. It happened in the past, and it's happening again now.

About 11,000 years ago, more than 130 species, including most large mammals such as the woolly mammoth, saber-tooth cat and a 5-ton ground sloth, suddenly vanished from North America.

Scientists are still debating the reasons, but two leading suspects are excessive hunting by humans who had newly arrived from the Old World and devastating human-borne diseases.

"People come and animals begin to disappear," said Ross MacPhee, the curator of the mammal collection at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:30 PM   #2
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I don't know that it is nature's law although the title does grab the reader to draw us in. Humans are blatantly self-destructive but it doesn't have to be that way.
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My general impression after studying thousands of human cultures and the way they adapt to their environments - I don't think this is true at all. In fact most people who have lived were hunters and gatherers who were dependent on the animal populations, as well as plant foods, in their environments and they took steps to ensure the survivability of those animal populations - thus ensuring their own survival.

We got from there to here by protecting animals and living gently on the earth. It is only now that we have forgot from whence we came.
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Humans aren't necessarily self-destructive, but they sure as h*ll are destructive to others. Most humans don't give a whit if their activities cause extinctions.

For instance...the passenger pigeon. And a near miss...the American bison. The bison was brought to near extinction so the native americans could be brought to extinction.
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In fact most people who have lived were hunters and gatherers who were dependent on the animal populations, as well as plant foods, in their environments and they took steps to ensure the survivability of those animal populations - thus ensuring their own survival.
A huge part of the dollars that go to research and conservation come from the hunter's organizations. One that has been around since 1911 has a stated mission "to put back two for every one we take". They all know it's up to them to make sure the animal populations thrive. And they back it up with their wallets.
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