May 23, 2019

ESA Abuse Causing Desire Economic Destruction

“Curry County (71025MF), with heavily wooded tracts along the rugged Oregon coast, is verging on insolvency after U.S. officials designated the northern spotted owl as a threatened species, drying up area timber revenue and making the region reliant on federal subsidies that have ended.”<<<Read More>>>

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Environmental Destruction of Wind Energy

Brain dead idiots believe that wind energy is environmentally friendly and will save our planet. This is a bold-faced lie, for profit, at the expense of the environment and yet non thinking people are so eager to buy into wind energy with no knowledge and understanding of what is really taking place. Evidently it’s only those visible smoke stacks that are so repulsive and destructive to our environment….they think.

Here’s proof to the contrary. Some of the information here and all of the photographs were provided to me by a friend. Thank you.

The first photograph (I’m sorry it’s a bit blurry) shows a site plan for proposed wind turbines near Bingham, Maine. The second photograph is better seen but small. The intent here is for the reader to be able to compare these maps with Google maps (shown below). This is important because the maps and photographs depict a radical clear-cut, the likes of which have not been seen in Maine in decades – all for the purpose of planting Eco-friendly wind turbines. Yeah man!

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Next, are three Google maps that show a massive clear cut. Please see how this clear cut relates in comparison with the wind turbine proposals from the first two maps. Note Kingsbury Pond and Kingsbury Plantation as a relative perspective of how things are planned.

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The next two photographs were taken on the site of that clear cut. Massive destruction!

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The final photograph is of a truck taken at the clear cut, presumably doing site work.

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Somebody please tell me why wind energy is so damned wonderful. In addition to the destruction of the forests, for profit, once installed these rotating blades are known to kill bats, eagles, migratory birds and just about anything that flies and yet idiot environmentalists welcome this rape with open arms.

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Busy As A Beaver

On one of my journeys through the woods hunting this fall, I came upon a very sizable destruction, if you will, of where beavers had created dams and flooded several acres of forestland. The below photo depicts only a tiny portion of what was taking place here.

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Photo by Tom Remington

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Wild Pigs Competing With and Destroying Wildlife Habitat

wildhogsToday a reader sent me some information of reports found in the media about wild hogs. CNN carried a story about the economic losses and destruction of the feral pigs.

From agricultural fields and farmland to golf courses and playgrounds, no property is off limits to these chubby eating machines. From 2 to 6 million feral hogs are wreaking havoc in at least 39 states. Texas is said to be home to over half of the country’s feral hog population.

I was also reminded that in Maine just about a year ago, a Eurasian wild boar, was shot and killed raising the questions of how it got there and what this may mean to the State of Maine in future dealings with feral hogs.

All of this got me to thinking and asking myself some questions: “I wonder what the interactions are between wild hogs and deer? Texas seems to have more than it’s share of wild pigs and plenty of deer. I wonder if there is any correlation? I suppose it’s possible that pigs could improve deer habitat or destroy it or nothing at all.

I also wonder how wild pigs and coyotes/wolves would coexist?”

I’ll see if I can find at least some answers to my own questions.

According to the Texas A&M University website(TAMU), wild pigs are a problem in many ways: they destroy habitat; they force the changing of habitat; they compete with other animals, including deer; they don’t play well together with other wild animals; and, they spread 15 different kinds of diseases, some of which are harmful to humans.

TAMU states that wild pigs compete with deer for food sources.

Approximately 85% to 90% of their diet is believed to be composed of vegetation (including crops where available) and 10% animal matter.

This vegetation, it should be noted, readily includes the consumption of mast crops, i.e. acorns, and other various nuts that deer thrive on. Specifically, wild hogs compete with deer for food, supplemental foods (public feeding, including game crops) and when wild hogs move into an area, deer commence a mass exodus.

It seems that history tells us that wild hogs first began appearing in the Southeast and they have spread considerably to many states at varying degrees. Official established populations of wild hogs can be found as far north as New York; which prompted another question. How adaptable are wild hogs to cold weather?

I found some information on Berry Man Institute website.

Because wild pigs are highly adaptable, suitable habitat occurs throughout much of North America. Since their introduction in the southeastern United States, wild pigs have expanded their range to many other regions of the country, particularly in the past few decades. The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) has monitored wild pig populations since 1982 and has documented a steady advance into new regions (www.uga.edu/scwds/dist_maps.htm); currently, pigs exist in at least 39 states (Fogarty 2007, Gipson et al. 1998). Although many have presumed that pigs were a southern species and that harsh winters would limit their expansion northward, pig populations now exist in the northerly
climates of Michigan and North Dakota.

With this limited information, it would appear that with an unchecked growing expansion of wild hogs throughout the U.S., the future of deer and other species, doesn’t bode well, especially in states like Maine that is experiencing extreme difficulties in maintaining a deer herd. Will the expansion of wild hogs destroy those deer herds that are problematic now? Will wild hogs reduce the deer herds in other states? What kind of long term effect will these feral animals have on habitat, i.e. vegetation, forests, fields, agricultural crops and other native wildlife? One has to wonder, with the destruction to the landscape these animals are capable of, what effect will this have on water quality in those places where game fish require cold, clean water. Wild hogs can destroy trees because of their “rooting.”

Their rooting can accelerate leaf litter decomposition causing the loss of nutrients which can impact seedling survival of trees. Their rooting behavior can damage seedling tree growth and survival. Longleaf pine seedlings seem to be especially vulnerable to wild pigs. Research suggests that the pigs may actually root up seedlings of various tree species and chew the root system to obtain nutrients. They rub against individual trees (pines) that are capable of producing a lot of rosin (presumably as they rub to remove ectoparasites on their skin). Rubbing of selected pine trees has resulted in girdling of some mature trees which can eventually kill the tree.

And just as important, if not more, what kinds of diseases are other wildlife and humans going to have to deal with now and in the future?

I’m not sure the public understands hardly at all the seriousness of this issue. Where are the so-called conservationists on this issue? This sounds like a classic environmentalist’s dream problem to deal with, and yet, where are they?

Perhaps in states like Maine, the wild hogs will move in and destroy and/or run off the deer and moose, making for big game hunting and trapping of wild pigs. THEN, the environmentalists will step in to put a stop to the senseless killing of wild pigs for sport. Isn’t that about how it goes these days?

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