The above video is an excerpt from the full interview in which George Wuerthner explains the bison situation in Yellowstone National Park. In the course of the interview some disturbing similarities between Point Reyes and Yellowstone became clear...two of them are mentioned in this clip, but there are more.
Turns out that in both locations diseases that stem from the cattle industry have infected some wildlife and now the wildlife are punished for the livestock disease. However, in both cases, the true threat of the disease is overblown as a political manuever by the livestock industry to prevent wildlife from ever expanding or thriving. Furthermore, in both locations, the fear that the public will choose wildlife over cattle once the people see what "could be" motivates the industry to keep both bison and elk contained. In the case of Point Reyes this fear has been realized, as overwhelming public comments show favor for wildlife over livestock, yet the political power of the livestock industry still holds sway.
You can watch the entire interview via the embedded video below. Or listen on Spotify.
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