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Monday, April 15th, 2024

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Monday, April 15th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Ben Moyer: Public does not grasp the seriousness of invasive species

This American alligator basks within its native range at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Recently released alligators in western Pennsylvania rivers reveal the public’s ignorance, or dismissal, of invasive species’ threat. (Photo by Ben Moyer)

The recent discovery of several alligators in western Pennsylvania rivers prompted intense coverage on local television and in print mainstream news. The message in all that attention, though, was off the mark.
Every broadcast focused on the pet-owner’s irresponsible to cruel treatment of the individual alligator so unfortunate to find itself on the loose in the upper Ohio River basin. The confused crocodilians even garnered cute names among sympathizers and reporters.

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