— the ideal “cost-effective” group is what we should be aiming for with every endangered species: enough funding and evidence of recovery. read article : overpaying to save some endangered species and barely funding others
— “the species that are most likely to go extinct also appear to be the ones who rarely leave behind a trace.” read article : most species that disappear today will leave no trace in the fossil record
— cases like these rile up the law’s critics. after a 2008 delta smelt “jeopardy finding,” california republicans and farmers accused the government of creating the drought just to save a “stupid little fish.” read article : a new study suggests ESA doesn’t stop economic growth, but the devil’s in the details.
— in 1975, when grizzlies in the yellowstone area dipped to fewer than 140 individuals, ursus arctos horribilis was hastily given federal protection by a still-young federal law called the endangered species act. read article : yellowstone’s grizzly bears should not be hunted
— “to live in los angeles is to be part of a unique and vital experiment: the co-existence of a growing human population within the urban wilderness interface” read article : the hills are alive more : socal urban wildlife refuge project