MGINSD saidThis is a revelation; thanks for posting it.
I DO wish that we encouraged more active culling of invasive species by hunting a/o trapping, not by chemical-based government programs. My two nominees for extermination are the Asian carp, which has already infested the Mississippi's tributaries, and the crow, which believe it or not is actually a protected species. The former is a nasty, brutish fish that threatens to destroy the Great Lakes' ecosystem, and the latter is now found everywhere across the US, in cities and farmlands, where it drives out native songbirds and generally becomes a loud and obnoxious pest. Certain Indian tribes hold it sacred, which is fine; let it be protected on their lands only, which, collectively, are by no means small in size, and hunted aggressively elsewhere.
That said, I look forward to nabbing some yellow perch up in WI and MI this summer, but I will certainly read up on their state of being before I do.
Crows aren't an invasive or significantly destructive species in the US.
Why not deal with non-native invasive species that have been documented in causing damage? You named Asian Carp and that's one for the list...Honey Bees
were brought from Europe. Their presence in the US has had a minimal effect on bees native to the US since, not even in the wild, are they competing with European Honey Bees for sites to make hives. No native bee species live in colonies the size of Honey Bees. However once honey bees were established in the wild they were in direct competition with native mammals and birds who depended on nesting sites that were also perfect for bee colonies. Honey bees have been determined as a factor that led to the extinction of the Carolina Parakeets.
Goddamned Starlings and Sparrows
In the later 1800s Starlings were brought to the US and released in Central Park NYC, by a friggin idiot only because they are mentioned in the works of Shakespeare and he thought trading species of plants and animals between continents was a good idea. Estimates of their damage to food crops, fruit trees, property, and air travel runs into the mid millions. They directly compete with at least twenty native bird species for nesting sites and they are known carriers of diseases to livestock. Every spring we have to fight sparrows and starlings attempting to make nests in every possible niche at my home and business. On metal buildings I encourage people to use fire on nests as they're discovered.
Sparrows were brought from England in the mid 1800s to help eat caterpillars off trees in New England. Like Starlings, they are in competition for nesting sites and food with native species.Canada Geese
a relatively new invader to the US that has spread rapidly, competing with native waterfowl.European Green Crabs.
They eat scallops and clams. They need to die.