tourism vs nature

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Escrito por ZihuaRob desde ( el día domingo, 03 de septiembre, 2006 a las 18:57:40 horas :

En respuesta a: Re: La Ropa Crocs...? escrito por frostbite desde ( el día domingo, 03 de septiembre, 2006 a las 15:34:18 horas :

The big one was removed because it supposedly "scared" some tourists when returning to its home in the lagoon during the morning hours after feeding overnight in the bay. It didn't do anything other than swim in and walk across the beach. It certainly didn't attack anyone. It didn't even acknowledge the morning beach walkers. But because somebody complained, some municipal authorities felt like making a public show of their dubious authority and ordered it to be removed.

It reminds me of an incident at Buck Island in St. Croix back in the 70's. There used to be a rather large and old barracuda named Charlie who lived there and who all of us who worked as tour guides at Buck Island knew well. Some of us even fed it by hand. One day a rather hefty and inebriated woman from Texas fell off the boat she was on and into the water. Charlie, being close by and who didn't have very good vision at his age, darted towards her to see what the commotion was and then swam away. The woman said the barracuda frightened her. The woman's husband, a Texas oilman, complained to the National Park authorities who themselves were also pals of Charlie's, and as saddened as they were about their duty they had to kill him due to the complaint.

It astounds me that tourists can come to places such as this and because of their ignorance and petty fears they cause the death or relocat1on (a different kind of death) of local fauna. It certainly bodes ill for the future of the rest of the La Ropa cocodrilos, who although they didn't live there previous to about 12 years ago, nevertheless were forced to find new homes when Marina Ixtapa was built and thousand of their species were illegally killed by the developers for their skins without the local, state or federal government even batting an eyelash.

Yet tourists and newcomers keep arriving and causing the slow extinction of numerous local species of fauna. We no longer have parrots or macaws swooping up and down La Ropa beach because so many tourists wanted to buy them and put them in cages in their homes. Iguanas have become an endangered species as much from human consumption as from being sold stuffed and dried to tourists as a "souvenir" (the same with many shellfish).

Hopefully, the people reading this message board are already conscientious and sensitive to the delicate balance between "civilization" and nature, and your visits will not result in further depradation of local flora and fauna. Though each time I see the scarred hillsides where the developments are ongoing for Cerro del Vigía, Puerto Mío, Monte Cristo, and La Majagua I am not reassured. Let's not kill the goose that lays the golden egg by loving it to death. Like the cake, you can't pave paradise and have it, too. ;~)

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