sorry to cloud the issue with the facts
Posted by Bodie the Dog on May 21, 2002 at 10:01:34:
In Reply to: Re: Moderation posted by maddog_bill on May 20, 2002 at 18:39:25:
I didn't say ALL species, I said "many". And yes, mass die-offs are a normal part of the evolutionary process. But I do like to keep an open mind, so I would appreciate it if you could give me the name of a reputable biologist who believes that mankind is not accelerating this process (and Rush Limbaugh is not a biologist). Flora and Fauna counts, in general, are lowering across the board (except for coyotes, ravens, mountain lions, deer, and bobcats).
Also, it's not the actual square footage occupied by the tire tracks, but a much larger area around the roads which is affected. Some critters just don't like to live near roads and people, with attendant pressures on their population. Roads also cause erosion, with subsequent negative effects far downstream, although I'm not sure how much of an issue this is in the desert.