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Re: NFC: Exotic crayfish

Ummm....hate to disabuse you again, but ringneck pheasants were a fairly 
large contributor in the decline of the native prairie chicken...pheasants 
are parasite nesters.  Bass introduced to lakes that previously had no 
equivilant large predator have decimated the native fish populations in 
lakes I used to fish in in ND...as have those god-awful pike.  If you look 
closer, most non-natives *DO* have an effect...it just isn't always obvious 
especially to sportsman who only think about the niche they catch/shoot.

Glad we're slowing winning you over though ;)

>From: "Scott Olson" <olson7 at hotmail_com>
>Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
>To: nfc at actwin_com
>Subject: NFC: Exotic crayfish
>Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 14:07:00 -0700
>Okay, folks, I'm one of those who generally reads tales of environmental
>disaster with a very jaundiced eye.  I've found that many reports are
>exagerrations, nonsense, just plain false, or some combination thereof.
>I especially have mixed feelings about 'exotic' introductions, I'm a little
>afraid to admit here.  As a hunter and fisherman, I've been the beneficiary
>of such introductions as rainbow, brook and brown trout, largemouth bass,
>pumpkinseeds, ringnecked pheasant, hungarian (gray) partridge, chukar
>partridge, valley quail and a few others.  All of these have filled habitat
>niches that were, in whole or in part, not utilized by native species, at
>least in my 'home' state of Montana and in Washington, where I lived for a
>few years.  I can't really say that I'm sorry that any of these
>introductions took place.

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