Wednesday, December 24, 2003

we need fewer Greens and more Green Acres 

A Gregg book review:
The Beast in the Garden by David Baron. In 1991, a mountain lion attacked and ate a 14-year-old boy jogging in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado. Five more people have since been killed in the United States and Canada by mountain lions, and dozens mauled. Baron explores what it means that lions are repopulating developed areas--with pollution declining, wilderness acreage expanding, and lion hunting forbidden, there will be ever-more bobcats, cougars, and panthers in American and Canadian exurban areas. Meanwhile, preservationists continue insisting that wolves and grizzlies be reintroduced into North America; the deep-green love of the grizzly seems to stem from the fact that it kills human beings, whom deep-greens detest. Lawsuits demanding the grizzly be reintroduced into the wild are at the moment a big political issue in the Rocky Mountain states and provinces.

Nature would be baffled by the notion that Homo sapiens preservationists want animals that attack people not only exempt from hunting but assisted in expanding their ranges and, inevitably, attacking more people. Nature operates on kill-or-be-killed; to nature, it would seem perfectly natural to gun down mountain lions and grizzlies on sight. The Beast in the Garden makes the case for reasonable preservation of predators, but also goes into detail on the sickening number of greener-than-thou types who, in the wake of the Colorado death, showed more sympathy for the lion than the boy. There was green fury that the lion was found and shot. And Baron reports that one of the boy's high-school teachers actually complained that the boy's body should not have been taken for burial, but left in the woods for the lion to finish. After all, it was only feeding.

Be sure to also check out this Gregg post on global warming theory and its supporters.
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