National Geographic : 2005 Jul
Forum March 2005 "Beyond the Brain"and "Alien Invaders" generated the greatest number of letters this month, but the story on Medellin sparked your most passionate responses. We also continue to hearfrom readers about a story in the November issue "Was Darwin Wrong?" The debate among you about the answer to that question goes on. Alien Invaders If there were a contest for the most prolific, pervasive, and devastating invasive species ever, humans would take first place. We invade forests, cut and burn the native trees, and replace them with our farms. We invade the desert, irrigate it, and erect our cities, then we multiply and pollute. Before we set out to solve the predicament of the zebra mussels, brown tree snakes, or fire ants, how about tackling the ultimate problem of human overpopulation? VU MINH LY Mira Mesa, California FROM OUR ONLINE FORUM nationalgeographic.com/magazine/0503 One person's trash is another person's treasure. It's interesting that brown and rainbow trout were on the 100 least wanted list. Here in California the Department of Fish and Game FOR MORE INFORMATION To get NATIONALGEOGRAPHICplease call 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800 -647-5463). Hearing-impaired TDD users may call 1-800-548-9797. The magazine's website: nationalgeo graphic.com/magazine For an online index of all National Geographic publications, go to: nationalgeographic.com/publications has spent millions to raise rain bow and other native trout spe cies. They are stocked in lakes and streams where thousands of fishermen enjoy catching them. If you don't want your trout, send them to us; we'll pay you for the sheer pleasure of releas ing them and then trying to catch them again. STEVE ROBERTS San Clemente, California There appears to be a warm blooded bias in invasive species management in Florida. I can agree with euthanizing Nile monitors and Burmese pythons that are found in the wild. But I find it inconceivable that people actually release neutered feral cats back into the wild if they aren't adopted. DAVID SMITH Flagstaff Arizona What's the big deal about alien plants and animals the world over? Homo sapiens is a species that has spread like a cancer throughout the world, causing the extinction of millions of other native species. Why should other "invasive species" not get an equal opportunity at coloniz ing and destroying the planet? ROB HAFER Edmonton, Alberta NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * JULY 2005 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "Forthe increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 7,500 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. FAHEY, JR., Presidentand CEO Executive Vice Presidents TERRENCE B. ADAMSON LINDA BERKELEY, President,Enterprises TERRY D. 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