Threats to Wildlife

Most people are not fully aware of the impacts human development has on our non-human counterparts.  Moreover, many environmental scientists are not aware of all of the day-to-day injuries and mortalities wildlife incurs.  This is understandable as it requires a considerable amount of involvement in rescue and rehabilitation activities to catch even a glimpse of the problem.  I have been involved in these activities for several years and am not only interested in all aspects of the issue, but also sharing this information.

This is a series of entries describing unintentional damage and threats to wildlife based on human activities and artefacts.  Please note these blog posts are not intended to be exhaustive analyses of issues, nor complete proposals for resolution, but rather, concise introductions for the purpose of eliciting further contemplation and study.  That being said, in the spirit of scholarly discourse, please provide any feedback or corrections as appropriate.

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2 Responses to Threats to Wildlife

  1. Michael Nash says:

    I would hardly call the first emotive post regarding “devils rope” concise. I agree fence’s pose a gruesome threat occasionally to wildlife but seriously. I would have thought other human impacts need to be addressed first, such as habitat loss, invasive species, poisoning of waterways. Take off the furry blinkers.

    • cvisintin says:

      Hi Michael-

      Thanks for taking the time to read my blog post. As my introduction to the category implies, these posts are not meant to reiterate more common/accessible knowledge about major impacts such as habitat loss, but merely introduce concepts that may only be evident to a small number of individuals. For what it’s worth, fencing is a form of habitat fragmentation and so the issue extends beyond direct entanglements.

      I stripped out most of the facts and figures for brevity (I respectfully disagree that this is an “occasional” threat), but perhaps it is still not as “concise” as possible and your point is duly noted. Or perhaps not as convincing.

      I would appreciate any elaboration on the points you raise or further constructive criticism in the spirit of productive scientific discourse.


      PS – Please excuse the term “devil’s rope” in the title; it is an expression we use in the US. It does not imply any significance of religious proportion nor does the “#1” denote a ranking of the issue; it was simply the first post in the series.

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