Surprisingly Endangered
Inside the Outdoors, December 24,

It appears anymore that when I am searching for one thing on the Internet, I chance upon something completely different that catches my attention. This time it was the endangered creatures that are endangered to the point of extinction.

However, before I get to this topic of the day, I have to state what the wife of a local hunter told me recently. “My husband has been hunting all week and he said he didn’t see anything, not even on his cameras!” Other people have shared with me similar observations that they have seen some deer, but they all have been does or even fawns.

I became excited when one of the wives perked up and stated, “Hunting resumes December 26, so my hubby still has a chance!” I thought to myself, “it sure carries hope within her that he possibly may just get that deer!”

And now on to the main story of the day.

One Internet site stated, “There are endangered species creatures dying off due to climate change. Since we don’t have that issue around here, many of us don’t think about it much because we are not affected by the conditions.

The first subject that drew me this story was the Monarch butterfly. How often have we seen this creatures flutter about in our yards or throughout our gardens? I am one to state that I take them for granted. I never think twice when one or more fly by when I am out and about.

Even though they range throughout the world, the climate changes within our country have affected this beautiful little two-winger to the point where its population is dwindling.

One of the reasons is that it heavily depends on milkweed as a host plant. “The severe weather events, according to, “such as drought and severe storms and extreme hot and cold temperatures” are significant to the survival of these butterflies.

We people in this country should have no fear walking into the woods and chancing upon mountain gorillas.

The writers of describe these animals as peaceful, playful, yet very strong African animals have become endangered because of loss of habitat. “Decades ago, they were on the brink of extinction, when conservation measures reversed the decline and started them on the road to recovery.”

As a big fish eater, up to this point, I’ve never given much thought whether any of what I was consuming may be on the endangered species list, or worse yet, on the way to extinction. According to one source, Greenpeace International Seafood Red List notes haddock as “one of the 20 species of fish to avoid at all costs.” It appears the original cause of endangerment was over fishing. Other fish include orange roughy, Atlantic salmon, and sea bass.

I eat a lot of cod. When I learned that “the Atlantic cod,” stated Katherine Shilcutt, in the Houston Press, Sept. 27, 2011 edition, “has been fished nearly to extinction” over six years ago, the fact of the matter is that we have to get our cod from the European countries, mainly Iceland, or the Barents Sea.

If I stop buying cod, will that have any impact on the fishing industry? I don’t think so. It’s a known fact that foreign countries have been invading our waters and over-fishing our waters for years now.

“As the planet warms, says, we are seeing a starting loss of arctic sea ice.” This is due to warm oceans and high temperatures. It concluded, “Record low sea ice impacts polar bears.” Their population is dwindling as well.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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