OT - Invasive Snakes

AW awilson@avonia.com
Sun, 09 Jan 2011 20:50:57 PST
Dear Judy,

I sympathise but am not at all surprised by this. There are many non-native
species that have been introduced without finding out first where and/or if
their populations may explode. It is indeed a difficult problem to solve -
escaped fish, wild horses, pigs or goats, European foxes and rodents,
hundreds or maybe thousands of species of plants that have become invasive
in this country. Sure, the Burmese python is unlikely to cause a threat
anywhere in the US but in Florida, Hawaii or Puerto Rico and that would seem
to make enforcement of law to ban them eveywhere ridiculous. Similarly,
plant species that have gone wild and invasive in parts of the country are
nearly impossible to keep alive elsewhere. It would appear to be ridiculous
to ban them if that is the case. The trouble is that once the biological
species (animal, plant, fish etc.) is within the country it can be
transported within the country, from areas where its invasiveness is
negligible to areas where it is not. The Algerian mustard that might barely
survive is in most areas becomes a disaster in the southwestern deserts. And
the python, so beloved to pet owners in New York, becomes a threat if
transported to Florida and released there.

For once and much as it displeases me, I am in agreement with the government
policy. Unless people can be trusted to retain their possibly invasive pets
or potentially weedy plants there appears to be no other solution. We cannot
accept more Asian carp or kudzu vines. Australia has adopted an even
stronger policy. There was no other choice.


-----Original Message-----
From: pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org]
On Behalf Of Judy Glattstein
Sent: Sunday, January 09, 2011 5:45 AM
To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [pbs] OT - Invasive Snakes

As you can read here in a New York Times article
the government is taking aim at non-native thought-to-be-invasive snakes.
What caught my attention were the statements:

"At the heart of their arguments[the snake owners] is a critique of the
emerging science of invasive species risk assessment
And their response has highlighted the challenges that the government faces
as it increasingly moves to protect native flora and fauna not just from
current invasive species but also from future threats."


"Andrew Wyatt, the president of the [reptile keepers] association, 
argues that the government is now promoting a native-species-only agenda 
favored by environmental groups."

Sound familiar?

Judy in frigid and snow covered New Jersey where any outdoor Burmese 
pythons would be rendered unable to provide a threat

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