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Thursday, September 09, 2004

Guzzlers destabilize environment

Artificial watering holes (“guzzlers”) in the Californian deserts are causing controversy and conservationists are saying that this attempt to repair an already modified environment is making things worse. And in any case, it might just be driven by those wanting to ensure healthy game stocks. Even honeybees are involved:
Once eager to build guzzlers, Hughes, along with other environmentalists, now says they do more harm than good. The critics say guzzlers attract mountain lions, which ambush thirsty bighorn sheep, as well as ravens, which prey on juvenile desert tortoises. They also attract masses of honeybees that crowd out other pollinating insects.


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