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Will Our Descendants Forgive Us?

Will Our Descendants Forgive Us?

The mama Canada Lynx and kitten shown, belong to a species protected only as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, and are part of a small population which is coming under increasing threat in many areas. It was reported by Wild Earth Guardians, that three conservation organizations had sued the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission and the agency’s director on March 21, 2013, for permitting trapping that kills and injures Canada Lynx. The state permits trapping and snaring in lynx habitat, even though the Endangered Species Act prohibits harm to protected species. In that year, as of that date, nine Montana Lynx had been captured in traps set for other species in Montana, and four were know to have died from trapping. “In one instance, a young female lynx was found in a pool of her own blood, with extensive muscle damage, and an empty stomach – all from lingering far too long in a cruel, steel-jawed trap,” stated Wendy Keefover, Carnivore Protection Program for WildEarth Guardians. “Montana allowed this unnecessary death, which impedes lynx recovery, especially when it involves potential breeding animals.” ” From http://www.wildearthguardians.org site, comes the following information about some of the dangers facing the future of this beautiful and vulnerable cat: “The best available science estimates that no more than 300 lynx inhabit Montana and that the population is declining from both indirect and direct threats such as cutting the forests in their hatbitats, human encroachment, global warming and mortalities from poaching and trapping.” Lynxes have waited for more than four and one-half years to be fully protected by the endangered Species Act. In September, 2013, the United States Fish and Wildlife proposed to revise the boundaries of the U.S. Distinct Population Segment of Canada Lynx to include them wherever they occur and proposed revising critical habitat designation for the United States. The Lynx are still waiting for that protection. Meanwhile, scientists estimate that, “Globally, animals and plants are going extinct at rates 1,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate. Those animals and plants make up the natural ecosystems on which human economics are based. 2-times Pulitzer Prize winner E.O. Wilson has warned that the loss of species diversity ‘is the folly that our descendants are least likely to forgive us.’ ” This lastinformation is from the website http://wildearthguardians.org/site/News, 2014 It poses a valid question, and one which we can begin to positively address now by becoming involved in processes which will protect and restore wildlife and wild places. Will your descendants forgive you? The picture of the mama and kitten lynx is from acuteaday.com

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