Re: Bird viruses

To: Nigel Sterpin <>
Subject: Re: Bird viruses
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 20:57:34 +1000
Nigel Sterpin wrote:
> To those out there giving sarcastic answers to my question, what ideas
> have
> you come up with lately to wipe out foreign species, or are you going
> to
> throw your hands up in the air??
> Thankyou to those who made suggestions, but does anyone have actual
> scientific knowledge of the possibility of this? I think Tony made a
> good
> suggestion that the resistant 1% could be exterminated by culling...if
> it
> worked for the Tasmanian Tiger & King Island Emu, I don't see the
> remaining
> 1% being a problem, especially if bounties are on offer.
> PS: Why can't the same done for foxes and feral cats...bounties that
> is?
> email: 
I believe one reason that bounties for foxes etc were dropped was that 
they were viewed as valuable income supplements by shooters, who
therefore took great care never to really eradicate the target species,
even if it were possible.
The other reason bounties and shooting haven't worked for foxes is,
according to proverb :"No point in shooting a fox, another will come to
the funeral (and stay)"  I.e., as soon as territory is empty another
will fill it.
Anthea Fleming

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