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October 23, 2017

Science should beat public opinion on non-native species


The Forest Service’s Salt River stray horse management pivot sets a bad precedent.

Arizona has a number of non-native species threatening its riparian areas and waterways. Could political pressure change the management of these other species?

Will we allow the amalgamated bivalve lobby to stop Arizona’s big zebra mussel control campaign? If the right people get behind the rusty crayfish, will it be allowed to spread unchecked?

Favoring science and sound wildlife management over popular opinion leaves us better off.

Further, with horses established in the Salt River Canyon, time consuming inspections of boats and ballasts for their presence is not far behind. We may be able to avoid these if we act the right way now.

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