Pardon my flip attitude, but are these guys nuts?
If a group of US researchers have their way, lions, cheetahs, elephants and camels could soon roam parts of North America, Nature magazine reports.
The plan, which is called Pleistocene re-wilding, is intended to be a proactive approach to conservation.
The initiative would help endangered African animals while creating jobs, the Cornell University scientists say.
Jobs like armed guards to protect cattle, schoolchildren, and family pets from the lions, cheetahs, and other predators roaming this idyllic wildlife paradise. Idiots.
But this is what government land grabs are all about. Tree-huggers actually believe that this sort of plan is a good idea! You watch–before too many more years we’ll be confined to isolated areas (of sustainable development, naturally) and it will only be legal to cross a “re-wilding” zone with a special permit.
Hey, if lions and cheetahs were supposed to run loose in Nebraska they’d have grown opposable thumbs and invented shotguns. That was humanity’s “proactive approach” to improving our position on the food chain.