Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Animal's Nature


Authorities in Bakersfield, California have decided to kill a local beaver because it has a tendency to gnaw trees.

When asked why officials couldn't just relocate the little vandal, they said that is not an option because the animal’s nature is to stop the flow of water, which could ruin an irrigation canal or destroy more trees at another location.
You might be thinking that they could choose a release site without an irrigation canal, but that wouldn't really help. Any site suitable for a beaver would need to have trees, and is therefore disqualified from consideration.

In other news, "Oregon State University has disputed the findings of state geologists who said clearcut logging on university land led to a landslide that recently swept through homes and temporarily closed U.S. 30 near Clatskanie."

5 comments:

Rmj said...

Clear cut logging is GOOD for you!

Besides: I blame the beavers.

Anonymous said...

OT for beavers but the links to that new battery development at Stanford can be found here.

(whiny defense against charge of Shameless Blogwhoring, I found it originally at Kos but it's scrolled off the page there.)

==xan

ellroon said...

Damned beavers. Always attacking people and getting in the way...

MikeJ said...

That landslide was the lead story on the 5 o'clock news (at least in Seattle), with great video. To mix comments on two posts, don't we have a right to be entertained? The government should be out *causing* landslides if they aren't going to force Jon Stewart back on the air.

Phila said...

The government should be out *causing* landslides if they aren't going to force Jon Stewart back on the air.

Failing that, they could always start another war....