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    Elephants, lions to roam North America once more?


    LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists are proposing reintroducing large mammals such as elephants, lions, cheetahs and wild horses to North America to replace populations lost 13,000 years ago.

    The scientists say that not only could large tracts of North America act as breeding sanctuaries for species of large wild animals under threat in Africa and Asia, but that such ecological history parks could be major tourist attractions.

    "Africa and parts of Asia are now the only places where megafauna are relatively intact, and the loss of many of these species within this century seems likely," the team, led by Josh Donlan from New York's Cornell University, said.

    "Given this risk of further extinction, re-wilding of North American sites carries global conservation implications," the team wrote in Wednesday's issue of the science journal Nature.

    It said large mammals were common across all continents until the Late Pleistocene wipeout that hit North America hardest and handed the world to smaller species. The largest mammals in the United States today are bison.

    The Pleistocene epoch lasted from about 1.65 million years ago to 10,000 years ago.

    "Large carnivores and herbivores often play important roles in the maintenance of biodiversity, and thus many extinct mammals must have shaped the evolution of the species we know today," the scientists wrote.

    They said the pronghorn antelope's remarkable turn of speed must be due at least in part to the presence of the now extinct predatory American cheetah alongside it on North America's grasslands.

    Reintroducing the modern relatives of the Late Pleistocene losers to North America could spark fresh interest in conservation, contribute to biodiversity and begin to put right some of the wrongs caused by human activities.

    "Establishing Asian asses and Przewalski's horse in North America might help prevent the extinction of these endangered species and would restore equid species to their evolutionary homeland," the scientists wrote.

    They proposed a second phase that would include reintroducing African cheetahs, lions and Asian and African elephants to large private parks.

    "Free-roaming, managed cheetahs in the southwestern United States could save the fastest carnivore from extinction, restore what must have been strong interactions with pronghorn and facilitate ecotourism as an alternative for ranchers.

    "Managed elephant populations could similarly benefit ranchers through grassland maintenance and ecotourism," they wrote, adding that reintroducing lions would represent the pinnacle of the Pleistocene re-wilding of North America.

    They admitted the plan would be controversial but said it was a far better option than simply accepting the terminal decline of some of the world's most impressive species due to human encroachment and global warming.

    "Pleistocene re-wilding is an optimistic alternative," they wrote. "The obstacles are substantial and the risks are not trivial, but we can no longer accept a hands-off approach to wilderness preservation."
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  • #2
    I hope they re-introduce Ligers.

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    • #3
      Better proceed with caution. Ecosystems have been fucked up before by doing things like this. Then again, large mammals wouldn't be as likely to cause serious damage as a small animal that can proliferate.
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      • #4
        How Ironic would it be to see them introduce tigers into Kansas...so that they can go eat up all the idiot conservatives in the state than insist on creationism being taught.

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        • #5
          I can see the headlines now:

          Tiger Eats Jayhawk!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BringBackZezel@Aug 17 2005, 05:20 PM
            How Ironic would it be to see them introduce tigers into Kansas...so that they can go eat up all the idiot conservatives in the state than insist on creationism being taught.

            Darwinism eats creationism.
            The conservatives would go to their gun cabinets, pick out a gun and shoot all the tigers.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Damon+Aug 17 2005, 04:24 PM-->
              QUOTE(Damon @ Aug 17 2005, 04:24 PM)

            • #8
              "Establishing Asian asses and Przewalski's horse"...
              And now we know the origin of Turd's preoccupation with ponies.

              Who knew? Turd's great, great, great, great uncle, Turd Przewalski.
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              • #9
                Damn these electric sex pants!

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by justwundrin@Aug 17 2005, 04:31 PM
                  "Establishing Asian asses and Przewalski's horse"...
                  And now we know the origin of Turd's preoccupation with ponies.

                  Who knew? Turd's great, great, great, great uncle, Turd Przewalski.
                  He was a piece of shit.
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                  • #11
                    Lions and Tigers and Bears..Oh my!!
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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by BringBackZezel@Aug 17 2005, 04:20 PM
                      How Ironic would it be to see them introduce tigers into Kansas...so that they can go eat up all the idiot conservatives in the state than insist on creationism being taught.

                      Darwinism eats creationism.
                      My very first thought. Tigers for Kansas!!!!!!
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                      • #13
                        Oh hell.

                        I had a nightmare the other night about a tiger. I guess this is just another reason for me to avoid Kansas.
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                        • #14
                          Scientists are proposing reintroducing large mammals such as elephants, lions, cheetahs and wild horses to North America to replace populations lost 13,000 years ago.
                          Now that we've proven we can live without them, fuckem. I'm good with the horses, but the last thing we need is a bunch of elephants and tigers and shit running around, stomping and eating people. I vote no.
                          But wait. There is something that can be done afterall. My good friend Angelo is a cop in the Tampa/Clearwater area. Since I kept all of the files from the access logs when I had the power to see them, guess what, I have everyone's IP addresses. Hmm..what can I do w/ those??
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