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Posted on September 16 at 7:47 p.m.
Hey Steve, I thought that was you-I talked to Jon and he verifed-So what's up? I'd say human beings have been playing 'life and death' with animals for quite some time. You have any pets? Ciao,Jeff
On Santa Barbara and the Sea Otter
Posted on September 16 at 6:55 a.m.
The anwer is 'No, we cannot have both'. Established populations of sea otters and shellfish fisheries can not coexist. Very few debate this-I'd say that is pretty simple.
Posted on September 14 at 4:58 p.m.
This is also a political numbers game: Those whose livlihoods would be lost are relatively few in number and therefore politically weak. Imagine if the government announced a plan to reintroduce grizzlies to California or return streams on the Southcoast to their historical flows so that Steelhead trout could migrate to the ocean. Or for that matter-native American were the original owners-give them back their land. Not of that would fly of course. But sea otters returning-Hey! they were here first. It's an old strategy-You divide, then you conquer. And of course your morality is superior and therefore justifies the whole thing.