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Posted on 03/18/2002 8:01:34 AM PST by madfly

3/5/2002 9:43:42 AM MST
Just as the steam is starting to drop in the boiler of the Cult of Conservation – news that a rare Jaguar has been spotted “just south of Tucson” - Casual coincidence or Cult concocted conspiracy?

Tim Serey, Ph.D.

In the event you haven't noticed, there's a big cat in town.
No, I'm not talking about our beloved U of A Wilma or Wilbur. Instead, it's Panthera onca, or El Tigre: The jaguar. In point of fact, it would be difficult to miss the jaguar. The Arizona Daily Star wants to be certain we get the picture, literally and figuratively, so it has published an identical picture of the cat three times within the last week.
The gist of the Star's stories and guest editorial is that the jaguar has migrated up from Mexico. We are told that a cat is now roaming Arizona's environs, and that we must take immediate action to preserve El Tigre's habitat.

I believe conservation advocates, most of whom champion the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, have played another card. The author of the guest editorial, for example, tells us, "This highly endangered cat could be sustained through conservation of habitat,” (read: expropriating still more land) and advances the preposterous idea that the cat is not only wild and elusive, but is, "right in our backyard." There is only one problem with this gambit. It is highly suspect at best, and completely wrong at worst.
Using the jaguar as a reason to put even more land off limits to people is wrong on at least three levels:

In each of the 3 newspaper photos, the texts said that the photographs were taken in an "undisclosed location."
We already know that eco-extremist "scientists" have been caught red-handed falsifying data in an attempt to protect the Canadian lynx in Colorado. Farther south, investigative methodologies have repeatedly been used in a transparent attempt to provide the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan with the cloak of scientific respectability.
In part, these procedures have used computer and statistical projections in lieu of verifiable field studies based on empirical observation. This opens a study's findings and its conclusions to - in the parlance of science - method variance. In other words, the researcher has no way to determine if a study's results are valid (meaning, accurate and true) or if they are an artifact of the methods used.
Failing this, of course, researchers can and do resort to deliberate attempts to introduce bias through an ends-justifies-the-means fraud, commonly known as fudging the data.
Plainly stated, repetition that jaguar photos were taken in an undisclosed location does not pass the smell test. Were they taken in Southern Arizona or within Mexico? Until and unless there is an independent verification, residents of our area have every right to be skeptical.

A common ploy of radical environmentalists is to make claims that a species is endangered because of habitat encroachment and development.
This reasoning ignores at least two important factors. First, most living organisms are incredibly adaptive creatures. In our part of Arizona, the very symbol of the west, the coyote, is a case in point. Biologists have observed a large number of Harris hawks and other predatory birds in the middle of Tucson (notably, around Reid Park) because nesting in high, mature trees gives protection from other predators and allows a vantage point for prey. Our neighbors to the north face similar challenges from eco-radicals over the Canadian lynx. Here, pause and re-read the previous sentence. Anything strike you as a little odd?
Of course, there are not many lynx in Colorado because it is the CANADIAN lynx. The cat has migrated southward along the high country into Colorado. It is a reasonable assumption that this is the southern boundary of its habitat.
If there are not many there, perhaps it is because they are a healthy species and have only recently taken up residence in Colorado. In Arizona, the same arguments apply to the pygmy owl and the jaguar. Reportedly, there are many pygmy owls in Sonora, Mexico. Reports about the jaguar, even if accurate, acknowledge that only one cat has crossed into the US. If the owl and jaguar are scarce here, it's likely that Arizona is the farthest north each species has migrated.

Once upon a time, the environmental movement was characterized by benign groups such as the Audubon Society, and the Sierra Club. It may be difficult to remember, but their charge was a simple one: Act as stewards of the environment and help people live in harmony with nature and its creatures.
Then came the first Earth Day in the 1970's. In the 1980's, extremists infiltrated, then took command of conservation groups, carrying with them the baggage of their radical environmental politics.
Then came eco-terrorism. Within the past year, these same terrorists burned down four million dollar homes near Pima Canyon, then had their shills write to local newspapers with thinly veiled justifications of felony arson (e.g., the homes shouldn't have been there - they got what they deserved).
Somewhere along the way, wider calamities have been visited upon landscapes all across our country. Their track record has been sordid and has included the snail darter in Appalachia, baby caribou near the Alyeska Pipeline in Alaska, the spotted owl in Pacific Northwest, a variety of whales and marine life (to stop offshore drilling), the aforementioned Canadian Lynx in Colorado, the California gnatcatcher in San Diego area, and most recently salmon and sucker fish in the Klamath Valley, Oregon debacle.
In each case, the changed mission (and in many cases, religious-like zeal) has spoken with one voice.
Radical environmentalists have hijacked the Endangered Species Act and have used it to bludgeon industry and growth. Especially throughout the West, for the most part, eco-extremists have demonized ranchers and anyone associated with the housing and development industry. People do not belong here - animals do.
The fact that people are significantly harmed, as in the case of the tragedy of family farmers in the Klamath Valley, in inconsequential. The very notion of people cohabiting with other living creatures is an anathema to their credo.

The actions and intent of enviro-radicals are unmistakably clear. Their tactics are as clear as their mission.
They play on the emotions of Americans and their love of animals to harness public opinion that growth and development are evil. They espouse the view that Americans are unwelcome in their own land. Wrapping the shroud of righteous indignation around themselves, the eco-extremists shout that we do not belong here - animals do! They espouse radical politics embedded in what is known as "deep ecology," seeking to return the earth to its natural, almost primordial state.
Somewhere out there, perhaps within Arizona- perhaps not, there is a solitary jaguar. I am certain if I ever came upon him, I would be awed by one of God's beautiful creatures.
I am just as certain that the publications of the Panthera onca photo are not random events. They have less to do with the cat than with vilifying growth and the 35,000 people who hold jobs relating to the housing industry.
They have to do with the seeming lock that radical environmentalists have on the local media. And they have to do with a public policy farce being force fed to Pima County residents.

All of us want to protect our environment. We recognize and even welcome a plan that is affordable, workable, and that genuinely balances growth with preserving this beautiful place we call home. Unfortunately, the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan is not it. And no owl, radical environmentalist, Pima County Supervisor, or for that matter, jaguar, is going to make it so.

(Dr. Tim Serey is a retired college professor and Tucson area resident. He has no association with housing or development interests – ED)

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Free Republic; Government; US: Arizona; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: environment; esa; propertyrights

1 posted on 03/18/2002 8:01:34 AM PST by madfly
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To: marsh2; dixiechick2000; Mama_Bear; poet; Grampa Dave; doug from upland; WolfsView; Issaquahking...
2 posted on 03/18/2002 8:02:13 AM PST by madfly
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To: madfly

Spotted in North Florida.

3 posted on 03/18/2002 8:07:10 AM PST by js1138
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To: js1138
Re the Jaguar sighting in N. Floriduh:

A good friend lives in Jax and was driving to the Jax Airport very early one morning. He was awakend by a large and dark cat like creature, he saw it bounding over the passender side fence and race towards his car. He hit the brakes to slow down as the critter leapt across the front of his vehicle. He thought that he heard some contact, and saw the critter bounding towards and over the driver's side fence in his rear view mirror.

Thankful that he had not killed this esa critter with his car. He pulled into the parking lot. He got out and found a nice set of claw scratch marks on the front of the hood of his car. He had apparently slowed down enough that the critter could use the hood as an assisted launching pad.

He said that he didn't need any coffee to wake him for that day, nothing was said about changing underwear before his flight!

4 posted on 03/18/2002 8:26:46 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: madfly
Thanks for the ping! How many of these so called findings and sightings of ESA critters is faked like the lynx hairs?
5 posted on 03/18/2002 8:28:57 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: madfly
Thank you for this. Tim Serey is a very active Republican; conservative and brilliant. We, in Tucson, are so fortunate to have him.
6 posted on 03/18/2002 8:29:10 AM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: madfly
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7 posted on 03/18/2002 8:34:57 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: madfly
Stop the wacko, left, enviro-nazis, terrorists, now !!

Policies based on junk science and planted evidence will not stand !!

Freedom Is Worth Fighting For !!

Molon Labe !!

8 posted on 03/18/2002 8:45:25 AM PST by blackie
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To: madfly
Shoot, shovel, shut-up.
NO problemo.
9 posted on 03/18/2002 9:38:53 AM PST by S.O.S121.500
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To: ME4W
10 posted on 03/18/2002 10:35:52 AM PST by madfly
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To: DLfromthedesert
It looks like the Arizona Daily Red Star is at it again... I have lived all over the U.S. There isn't a newspaper more left than my hometown rag. The LA Times comes close.
11 posted on 03/18/2002 10:39:55 AM PST by wjcsux
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To: wjcsux
Yet is seems there are more conservative activists in Tucson, that want to put the "watermelons" on the ESA, than there are in Phoenix.
12 posted on 03/18/2002 2:07:52 PM PST by madfly
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To: madfly
Thanks for the heads up!
13 posted on 03/18/2002 7:11:14 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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