When it comes to living with other species and sharing the planet, man doesn’t do well in that regard. Human beings by nature, are very selfish creatures and when something gets in our way, we simply destroy it. I know that’s a harsh thing to say, but sadly, it is very true. While we have made strides in the last half century or so, we still aren’t living up to our full potential. Because of the increase in human populations all over the planet, we are depleting our natural resources faster than we can replenish them.
But perhaps the greatest sin mankind does commit, is the virtual destruction of animal species. Here in the United States during the late 18th century and on up to the mid 19th century, we almost killed-off the beaver simply for it’s fur. Once one of the most widely distributed mammals in North America, Beavers have suffered a sharp decline in their numbers. Unregulated trapping for Beaver pelts has decimated populations. Landowners have also killed Beavers who build dams that flood agricultural or other private lands. But, today there are about 10–15 million in North America, but it still isn’t what it used to be before Europeans settled in North America.
Another animal that we almost killed-off, was the Buffalo. It nearly became extinct by a combination of commercial hunting and needless slaughter in the 19th century and from the introduction of bovine diseases from domestic cattle. With a population once in excess of 60 million in the late 18th century, the species was down to just 541 animals by 1889.
You see, we don’t share well.
But, if there is one thing that I’ve learned in my 64 years on this planet, is that “life” somehow finds a way. While there are some species that need our help, I have found , that if you simply leave them the hell alone, nature will replenish itself. Sadly, there are many species that are gone from the face of the earth forever and we will never see them again.
That’s why I chose the video below, it gave me hope. While I am a very fierce advocate of hunting rights, to me, some animals are off limits and rightfully so. Just because you can shoot an animal, doesn’t mean you have to. And if there is one thing I cannot stand, it’s a damn poacher. Unless you are going to eat it, there is no need to kill it. Also, if you are going to hunt- obey the damn laws, they are in place for a good reason!!
Now, I’m not talking about invasive species, like feral hogs and fish like the snakeheads and other creature that are too numerous to mention, they cause severe environmental damage to our our own native species and quite frankly, they don’t belong here.
But I digress, watch the video below and you’ll see what what I was talking about. Scientists thought some of these animals were extinct until their photos appeared on cameras years later. Dark5 presents the astonishing rediscoveries of creatures that nobody thought still existed – including the Japanese Wolf, Silver-Backed Chevrotain, The Fishing Cat, Wondiwoi Tree Kangaroo, and the African Black Panther.