Patrick Mosbey : An exercise in futility
To the editor
On one of my frequent trips to the Yampa River, where I exercise my dogs, I met a couple of wildlife employee’s on “Pike patrol.” They spoke of the “non-native” species that are doing so much (perceived) damage to our ecosystem here in Colorado. I was somewhat amused by their naive outlook, not having lived more than a couple of decades. They have no recollection of the 50s, 60s and 70s when the Yampa River routinely produced monster Brown, Rainbow and even native Cutthroat. This was before elk head reservoir was built and those nasty “nonnative” species were put in the lake (by the state fish and game). I know that it may come as a shock to some here in the state, but every ”nonnative” species in this state was brought here and stocked by the same agency that is so worried about protecting 4 species of fish that few have ever seen and most do not care about. Stocking of (“non-native”) species began more than 150 years ago with the introduction of Eastern Brook Trout to our high mountain lakes and streams. They were put into milk cans and taken by pack horses into the high country. Rainbow Trout were brought from California in the 1880s, Largemouth Bass in 1878, Brown Trout in 1890, Walleye in 1949, and Smallmouth Bass in 1951 and the list goes on. By the 1930s the Greenback Cutthroat (a true Colorado native species) was considered extinct. There has been some effort to reintroduce these and also the hybrid Colorado River Cutthroat, but with limited success.
Once you open “Pandora’s Box” you can never close it. We will never be able to restore Colorado to what it was 150 years ago, or even 30 years ago. Trophy Mule deer (30” class) are extremely rare these days, but Colorado used to lead all the other western states in this category (combined). Most wildlife employees, and nearly all hyper environmentalist profess a belief in evolution, but they are hypocritical in their practice.
Darwin taught “the survival of the fittest,” if a species could not compete, then it was slated for extinction. I haven’t seen a Saber Tooth Tiger in months, and I can’t remember the last time I ran across a “Wooly Mammoth.” The condition in the Yampa River was created by the Fish and Wildlife agency. Their efforts to correct this is truly an “exercise in futility.”
3550 CR #7
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