Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

April 17, 2011

How Much Should We Spend to Save Manatees?

In Brevard County Florida, gates were recently installed on the Canaveral
Locks Barge Canals to reduce the number of Manatees from being crushed.
But, some local residents seem to think that too much money was spent.
Brevard County has the highest number of Manatee deaths in Florida,
but not all of them die in the locks, many die every year from boat strikes
and many more died this year from the extreme cold.
Should we treat wildlife deaths like the car companies do with humans,
and call their deaths, "Acceptable Losses?"
So, what amount is the right amount to spend?
Can you really put a number on cruelty?

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