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should be (re) introduced. The fauna of Europe and America is now very empoverished, although they are the richest places. So now that they conserve from a low mega fauna situation, while the mega fauna is getting finally exterminated where it still exists (there are plenty of tigers captive in Texas, true). A way out, and an example to the rest of the planet, is to find ways to live with dangerous fauna(all megafauna is dangerous). One does not see too many Californian ecological fanatics demonstrating to reintroduce the state symbol, found on the California flag, and still in the wilds there a century ago...
The Amur leopard could perhaps be put in the wilds somewhere north (Yukon? BC?)...

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by Patrice Ayme on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 01:08:38 PM EST
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In some cases, that makes a lot of sense. In others... not so much. It kinda depends on when the fauna in question was exterminated. If it's several centuries ago, then you need to be rather careful, because the ecosystem may have relaxed to a new equilibrium.

Also, on a more technical note, new introductions really need to be screened for diseases and other invasive species who might tag along.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 03:10:11 PM EST
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