Comments about ‘Beetle found only in Utah to be listed as threatened’

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Published: Monday, Oct. 1 2012 4:24 p.m. MDT

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David B.
Cedar City, UT

I can understand the conservationists but aren't you going a bit to far? What are you going to do ban everything everytime something new is found like that albino spider I read about today that stopped construction somewhere on a road that needed repair.Some of you people that go overboard on this really need to get a life and leave things alone before you make us extinct!

county mom
Monroe, UT

Trying really hard here, I would like to say something of the truth and still get my thoughts presented here. We have spent MANY years dealing with those who would close all of our back country to off road motorised vehicles, nonmotorised, cattle, horses, and even hikers. It is their goal to close all the land, allow no one on it! If it takes a bug, snail, weed, flea, etc. whatever, they will use it. It has been over 40 years that they have been studying this particular bug. Near, 50 years since they started looking for something to use to close the Coral Pink Sand dunes to people. First the Welches Milkweed, gave up on that; ATVs actually cause it to spread.
No matter how much these dunes are used by the ATVs the population of this Beetle stays close to the same. There was far more usage of the dunes in the 80s yet the population of the bug is pretty close to constant. Water sheds levels and prey affect its numbers the most. The rest of this is all fabrication.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

The thing looks like what it is .... a bug. I don't believe in discrimination. I deal with one bug the same way I deal with all it's cousins.

S.Andrew Zaelit
Deseret, UT

This could have catastrophic consequences in a part of the state that relies heavily on recreation and tourism. Tens of thousands of acres no accessible could and probably will be closed off to most activity. Projects already approved may have to be re-vetted. There is also the potential of forfeiture of property and destruction of livelihoods. Many reading my comments will think it is an over reaction. The history of destruction is out in plain sight. Only last week a $15 million dollar highway project in Texas was brought to a complete standstill because of a spider. Environmentalists believe that humans come in fourth after bugs, animals, and the planet. Humans are expendable.

Swiss
Price, Utah

NEPA does state to the human environment something the environmentalists conveniently ignore .

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