The Government Wants to Kill Prairie Dogs

@pyewacket (43962)
United States
June 22, 2007 11:04pm CST
I belong to the Care2 website..One can join up with scores of groups of issues from all walks of life...to various religious groups, music lovers, etc. Well one of the things I joined up with are the various activists animal groups, like The Defenders Of Wildlife, and I got an e-mail from them that the government is going to issue the okay and go-ahead to purposely kill by poisoning prairie dogs, and they're going to use your tax dollars to do this. what people don't realize is that by killing these animals it will upset the delicate balance of the entire eco-system of the prairies of America. As stated: "....The Forest Service wants to make it easier to poison and kill prairie dogs on the American plains -- risking creatures like burrowing owls, hawks, swift fox, the critically endangered black-footed ferret and the complex balance of life on the American Prairie..." The above animals do eat the prairie dogs as their food ....but in turn, since the prairie dogs will be poisoned so will these animals. I mean what is the sense of this? I love the comment left by one petitioner: "It seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it? If any part of the ecosystem is destroyed, can the rest survive?" They do have a petition if you wish to add your name to it..I have http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/144532872
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8 responses
@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
23 Jun 07
Once again you've opened an interesting topic, pyewacket. I just wanted you to know that I have visited the link and added my name to the petition. It is hard to understand how mankind can do so much wrong in the quest to do the right thing.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
23 Jun 07
Thank you so much...That site Care2 in general is a very good one to belong to...I just hope they get the number needed for the petition
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@MsTickle (24752)
• Australia
25 Jun 07
I've been thinking about this and I need to ask the question, "Why do they want to poison the prairie dogs?" We have massive numbers of kangaroos in Australia and there is often an outcry over the culling of these animals by environmentalists. These are usually city dwellers who don't see or realise the damage the roos do to crops and fences.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
26 Jun 07
They claim something to the effect that prairie dogs do some kind of damage to the free roaming cattle..like, duh? I mean come on prairie dogs are so much smaller that cattle..but the thing is, destroy one part of the eco-system, and all will be effected
• United States
26 Jun 07
MsTickle, Like the roos, prairie dogs damage the environment. They burrow and leave holes that other animals, like cattle, step into and break themselves. Posisoning is not the answer as it can work its way higher up the food chain, but reintroducing natural predators would be a great idea. The problem most of the time is that we have killed off the natural predators and then don't want to kill off the prey animals 'cause their cute..same with deer, elk, antelope, etc. And, yes, most often it's people who have never had to deal with these pests.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
26 Jun 07
You make some great points there moonshadow---One thing people have to realize is that we, mankind has upset the natural balance of things in the first place...we are the invaders of animals' in general natural habitats.
• United States
23 Jun 07
that's sad.i remember seeing some of them in arizona- i thought they were cute. i don't know why they would want to poison them-i particularily don't like the fact that's going to set off a chain poisoning :(
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I know..they don't realize the chain reaction it will create..typical of the government..no?
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• United States
26 Jun 07
yup,100% so. they don't care of the ramifications of anything. that's why we're in trouble with other things..
• United States
28 Jun 07
That is terrible. But our government always does what they want for greed. Then when the problem of extintion comes about, they try to fix it, and it's too late. I will go and check out the link. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Thank you margieanneart...yes, it's only when some species is near extinction then all of a sudden tries its efforts to undo the wrong that they have done
@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I went as fast as my computer would let me to the site and signed that petition. How stupid are these people? Not only will it upset the balance of that ecosystem, but it will also cause a ripple effect throughout the other ecosystems as well.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Thanks Katlady for signing....yes, the government apparently doesn't think of the other effects this could have
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
26 Jun 07
They could relocate them...there is no reason to kill them because there are many places to take them...Why dont they consult with the wildlife foundations ect....why is it that kill is the first word that comes to their mings???
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Cause mankind seems to like to destroy and kill things for their convenience rather than come up with better solutions.
• United States
25 Jun 07
That's a shame! Thanks for the information!! I do like that quote too.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I like that quote also..so true
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• United States
23 Jun 07
That stinks, I think prarie dogs are so cute. I added my name, I hope it does some good. I don't understand why they want to hurt them.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Thank you for adding your name...I think they're cute too ;-)