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Thursday, September 29, 2005

You! Off the List!

So... there's this toad. The boreal toad, to be specific. For a long time, it's been on the Endangered Species List. But, alas, no more. It's been booted off the list, because it's only a subspecies, and it's main species isn't exactly what you'd call endangered.
Developers have had to work around the toad's habitat since it was listed as a potential candidate for protection in 1995.

Several state road projects have added costly toad underpasses, and a ski slope developer agreed to build a new toad habitat in Breckenridge, deed wetlands to the town and fund toad studies in order to expand a ski area.
Wow... guess those people won't be getting that cash back, eh? There are several people who think that taking them off of the list is a good thing, and not just because of the cash saved.
Some biologists say getting the toad delisted may speed the pace of research on the amphibian, which could benefit it in the long run.

"When something is listed, we have to get special permits to do experiments with them," said Cindy Carey, a professor of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado.

"This will help us make rapid progress on understanding the toad's genetics and the fungus," Carey said.

Future genetic studies could prove that the Colorado toads are a separate species, or help researchers breed resistance to the deadly fungus.
I know a way to save these toads, but... for some reason, I just don't think that animal rights activists will be interested. Find a good recipe or two that calls for boreal toads, and publicize it.

No, seriously... I mean, it's not like there's a shortage of chickens or cows, now, is there?

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