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behind listing of endangered fish should be public
Hankins, Bonanza, letter to editor of Herald and News 7/3/18
I read recently that the Secretary of the Interior has
decided that the science behind listings of endangered
species will be made public going forward.
is a great idea! We need to extend this ruling backward.
instance, has anyone ever wondered how the ”endangered”
short-nosed sucker existed for millennia before the local
dams (only a couple hundred years old) made it possible to
keep lake and river levels so high?
didn’t they go extinct when the waters now kept artificially
high (supposedly on their behalf) diminished annually into
little more than a series of mudholes?
it seem strange that even though tribal members are no
longer throwing them up on the banks to die, as was
reportedly common in Lost River near Olene long ago, there
aren’t a lot of juveniles showing up when researchers
attempt to count them?
the unnaturally high water levels we are maintaining for
their benefit actually requiring them to adapt to an
environment that is not natural for them, causing more harm
than good for the sucker population?
it be possible that the opinions used in listing and
attempting to help these fish were not based on real data
gathered by scientific observations of this exact species in
these exact locations?
is a question that deserves an open-to-the-public answer
with specific data collected on these exact species in these
exact locations. And if it turns out that nobody has any
data comparing how the suckers fared before their
environment featured year-round high water levels with their
population since the dams have been in place, then how do we
know we are helping them?
driving agriculture out of the Klamath Basin in order to
save the suckers will result in local humans as well as fish
being extinct suckers!
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