Years ago….the US started a nifty concept….called the Endangered Species Act (1975). Basically, once your critter got on the list….they were not to be hunted, under any circumstances. This was to help the population of that critter recover.
Now, the neat thing about the Endangered Species Act….was that no ever put a number up….to say that things were now fine with one species. That meant that one day….some idiot would come up and say there were enough, and you….as the friendly environmentalist….would challenge them in court. You’d naturally win, and the critter would remain as an endangered species.
Over the past three decades, something has occurred that the environmentalist would never have forecasted….the grizzly bear population of America has boomed.
In fact, we’ve now reacted a point where the grizzly bear exists not only around Alaska and Canada in sufficient numbers….but we’ve got plenty of grizzly bears in Montana, Washington, Wyoming, and Idaho. In fact….there are some oddball characters talking of grizzly bears reaching down into Oregon, California, and possibly Colorado within the next decade.
Course, this all starts a mind to pondering.
If by 2020, there are grizzly bears down in California, and maybe into Colorado….then what happens by 2030? Maybe even some grizzly bears appearing in Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Michigan, and maybe even Missouri? And 2040? Well….yeah….Bama might actually have a grizzly bear or two seen by 2040, unless something happens.
We come to this question…..when is it enough….that you remove the critter from the Endangered Species Act? The Bush Administration tried in 2007….to take the grizzly off the list, and a court action by some environmentalists fixed that problem…..putting the poor grizzly back on the endangered list.
So now, a guy would ponder upon this….when will there be enough grizzly bears? Some folks out in western Wyoming, around Yellowstone, now estimate there are a minimum of 500 grizzly bears in the local area. That population would likely double by 2020, if the trend continues. You can imagine this scene where some family is out on some camping trip in a RV….out of fuel….suddenly finding a dozen grizzly bears sitting around the RV area.
Grizzly bears in Bama? Well….it’s not a natural creature to the local area. I can imagine a standing there in shock when he opens the backdoor of the house to find a grizzly sleeping on the porch.
The truth is…..once you start a stupid list where a critter gets himself all protected….there ought to be this magic number of “enough”. Some idiot in 1975 should have mentioned that as they were writing this law. But I’m guessing they were just simple idiot Congressmen or Senators….never knowing anything about law and its implications.