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jenks

thread death
I’ve been reading her book. Whilst not a page turner, it is pretty forensic on the beneficial effects of rewilding at all kinds of levels. It’s fascinating but also very depressing as the project is only one of a tiny handful and agribusinesses still determine what’s happening to most of the land in this country.
 

jenks

thread death
In Tree's Wilding book - she said that larger predators were essential for full re-wilding to take place but that the amount of regulation made it impossible. Factors such as allowing larger animals (deer, cattle etc) to die and letting their carcasses rot and be picked over by carrion feeders was not allowed and the size of the roaming areas of the larger predators would require the rewilded areas to be significantly bigger - wolves, for example need at least 50 square miles.
Even when predators have successfully been encouraged they are being targeted - most birds of prey will be shot by gamekeepers to keep their own charges safe (birdcrime as it's called) - the almost factory farming of grouse for weekend warriors to blast away at but leave behind in mounds of waste is the cause. I find the idea that someone charged with being a custodian of the countryside could, in clear conscience, shoot a hen harrier beyond comprehension.
 

polystyle

Well-known member
I read yesterday they've now got jackals in Belgium. They've spread up through Europe. Crazy.

And here ...


We get the odd coyote in Manhattan from time to time , they can pad across the railway bridge up top of the island at Spuyten Dyvil into the large woods of Inwood.
Then down either side of the island through the green areas or into Central Park.
'Just looking for a home'
 

polystyle

Well-known member
After Prez Clinton got the Island bk to NY, the call went out for plans on what to do with it.
It's kind of a great place , when one is 'out there' ( what, 10m off Southern tip of Manhattan ) you can cruise around, get lost in the tall rushes, lounge on hammocks, electronic music perf's, food carts, renta double bike.
They also let the v southern end of the island stay low and marsh like in places so
the next hurricane may not do such damage.
The Hills - as seen in link - came out good too.

I mean hey, it used to be a George Washington era flatland and only military could use it.

 

polystyle

Well-known member
More Wolves and we want it now

Guess who wants their ' red meat ' ? and aaww the wolves take ' our ' food off our tables.

" “It’s bar talk replacing biology,” said Ed Bangs, a wildlife biologist who is now retired and used to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s wolf recovery project. He also led the effort in the mid-1990s to bring the first wolves to Yellowstone National Park after a half century’s absence. “People are saying it seems like there are fewer elk and deer, so it must be the wolves,” he said. “I believe in professionalism and vetting with science; this is based on bar talk.”



and @ Yellowstone.



One more - the rancher who got himself between the ...

 

jenks

thread death
More Wolves and we want it now

Guess who wants their ' red meat ' ? and aaww the wolves take ' our ' food off our tables.

" “It’s bar talk replacing biology,” said Ed Bangs, a wildlife biologist who is now retired and used to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s wolf recovery project. He also led the effort in the mid-1990s to bring the first wolves to Yellowstone National Park after a half century’s absence. “People are saying it seems like there are fewer elk and deer, so it must be the wolves,” he said. “I believe in professionalism and vetting with science; this is based on bar talk.”



and @ Yellowstone.



One more - the rancher who got himself between the ...

The size of the US National Parks are on another level - with Yellowstone at 9,000 square km - there’s room for seriously large predators to roam.
 

polystyle

Well-known member
Wild Boars moved in

" In the meantime, amateurs have attempted their own solutions. One group tried to build an app that could deter boars with subsonic sound waves. Others discussed leaving lion dung near boar hot spots, in the hope that the smell would deter the pigs.
Prof. Dan Malkinson, a wildlife expert at the University of Haifa, investigated whether boars could be repelled with urine, conducting his own informal experiment beside the lemon and loquat trees at the bottom of a friend’s garden.
“At night, I would go out, after a drink, and recycle the beer,” Professor Malkinson said. “It’s two for the price of one — you fertilize the trees and you try to deter the wild boars.”

 

john eden

male pale and stale
This is amazing:

Bear ambassadors

In the Central Apennines, so-called ‘bear ambassadors’ have been working since 2015 to mitigate human-bear conflicts and create a better understanding of people towards the Marsican brown bear, a rare subspecies of the brown bear living in this area.

Was disappointed to find out that the ambassadors were human and not bears with suits on, but this is still great work guys.
 

polystyle

Well-known member
This is amazing:

Bear ambassadors

In the Central Apennines, so-called ‘bear ambassadors’ have been working since 2015 to mitigate human-bear conflicts and create a better understanding of people towards the Marsican brown bear, a rare subspecies of the brown bear living in this area.

Was disappointed to find out that the ambassadors were human and not bears with suits on, but this is still great work guys.
Japan has a bear phenom going on now for years too.
Of course, they get hungry , depending on the available food and come down into the back yards ...Japan often has short distance between the hill and the flat so
maybe that has something to do with the surprise , shock some of these citizens feel.
Bears, jackal, wolf, coyote were there first.
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
I can't put into words how much I hate these miserable ex-urban dormitory estates. They're invariably ugly as sin and the houses are of appalling build quality, but quite apart from that, they're all low-density so they require vast amounts of land for the number of people they accommodate, they have no communal space whatsoever so they actively discourage any kind of sense of community, and they're predicated entirely on car ownership, to the extent that you literally can't live there if you don't have one.

You'd be hard pressed to come up with a worse way of housing people from either a social or an environmental point of view.
 
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