Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Ecocide erasing pheasant numbers

Today's oxymoron: wildlife management.

As another Republican insider is inserted into the commission pulling strings at the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Plunder (SDGFP) biomes are being erased.
Staggering habitat losses have put at risk the state’s reputation as a ringneck Mecca. South Dakota lost 1.8 million grassland acres between 2006 and 2012, a sizable portion of which came from the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which pays producers to idle marginal cropland. As a result, pheasant numbers tumbled 30 percent from the 10-year average. Hunter participation and hunter harvest also have nose-dived. [Star-Tribune]
A decade ago CRP acres were about 1.5 million acres but that acreage number is only about a million today.

The bird is not wildlife but it is a canary in a chemically and genetically engineered cornfield.

Chinese Ring-necked Pheasants don't eat grasshoppers but wild geese and turkeys sure do while the pesticide industry that greases Republican politicos don't give a shit about anything but profits.

South Dakota's legislature is dominated by Republicans who ignore the effects of the Anthropocene and lobbyists are lining up to stuff their pockets with cash.

Add the extirpation of apex predators, the resulting rise of mesopredators, increasing numbers of domestic dogs and cats then stir in a melange of industrial chemicals and climate change: voila!

Red state collapse on parade.


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