Cruel and Unusual

For those that have traveled here to Cape Cod I’m sure you are familiar with the Cape Cod National Seashore. The area is strictly overseen to keep the pristine views, beaches, dunes and most importantly, the wildlife.

But what you may not know is something I and alot of Cape Codders’s find reprehensible, a hair brained attempt to help increase the population of the Piping Plover. The Seashore folks have decided that in order to achieve this goal they need to poison Crow’s.

They plan to design some fake Plover nests and poison some chicken eggs with a deadly toxin called avicide in hopes they will trick the Crow’s into eating them. Supposedly this avicide stuff is safe, even around the water. I don’t believe any chemical is safe, but that’s besides the point.

From what I understand, during the season the eggs are laid, like any natural predator, the Crow’s swoop in and eat the eggs. Obviously not all of them, as there are enough Plover’s to shut our beaches down every year. I honestly could care less about the beach closures, I’m not a big beach guy, but there are many folks that love to off-road in areas they are allowed to do so throughout the National Seashore.

The rant is going in the wrong direction here though. My point of anger here is the fact that these uninformed people at the Seashore think it’s ok to kill an animal that naturally preys on the other. Some, actually most, humans eat beef– should we start killing humans to save the cows? No life is more important than the other, we are all important.

One Comment

  1. I am conflicted about this kind of issue a lot. I totally understand your perspective, but I also understand the desire to intervene in nature to help mitigate human effects. Human encroachment has hurt the plover population (we have that problem here in Oregon too), and also increased to crow population (like rats and pigeons, they thrive on our waste). In coming to terms with the idea that all life is equally important, it becomes harder to make these “choice of evil” kid of decisions.

    Similarly, I used to participate in ivy pulls and blackberry eradication efforts. They are “invasive species” which kill and out-compete native plant life. Now I am unsure…

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