Here’s a question for “progressives” in California: Which is more important to you, 1) protecting the northern spotted owl from extinction, or 2) recreationally puffing on a giant doobie?
That’s a tough one, dudes. When the northern spotted owl was threatened by the logging industry in the Pacific Northwest, it was an easy choice for industry-hating liberal environmentalists to go with the owls (and, of course, the trees), so the logging industry in that region was pretty much shut down. The northern spotted owls are still with us, but now they face an additional threat related to the many thousands of pot farms, mostly non-permitted, dotting the California agricultural landscape.
As it happens, rats love to eat marijuana plants. Perhaps this is because they enjoy the high, but I must admit I haven’t researched that. Anyway, pot is apparently like catnip to them, and they’ve chewed through acres of cultivated cannabis in what used to be timberland in Humboldt, Mendocino and Del Norte counties. (One might even speculate that rats get the munchies, causing them to devour even more marijuana and exacerbating the problem!) According to a study by the University of California Davis, these really stoned hippie rats also eat rat poison that has been put out for them by the marijuana growers, who, surprisingly, are not that much into organic farming. With all the marijuana these growers presumably smoke, they’re still not mellow enough to let rats eat up their profits, so the rats must go.
And when northern spotted owls eat rats that have eaten poison, they ingest the poison. Murder most fowl.
The study determined that the same thing is happening to barred owls, which, paradoxically, were deliberately killed by the thousands during 2014-2018 by order of the Fish & Wildlife Service because they were thought to be competing too much with northern spotted owls. This slaughter was referred to as an “experiment.” Gosh, if only biologists could come up with a rat poison that killed barred owls and spared northern spotted owls, they could “balance” nature just as they’d like. (Hey, they think they can control the climate; why not this?) But until they can, marijuana growers will continue indiscriminately killing off birds of prey, which, ironically, are one of nature’s best forms of rodent control.
So, back to the original question: Which is more important to you pot-toking “progressives” –- the northern spotted owl or the Rocky Mountain high? Your ideology can be confounding, but at least a little weed takes the edge off for you.
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