Most of us are aware that South Dakota can be quite cold (some might even say frigidly so) in the winter. However, I was previously unaware that the frigid ambersnail was apparently declining despite its affinity for the region:
A bean-sized snail found in the Black Hills in the 1990s is being studied for possible protection under the Endangered Species Act, which could restrict or prohibit human activity that threatens the snail’s survival.
‘Cause the little fellas could be crushed, crushed by anything bigger than a bean.
Landslides, livestock, logging, human travel by foot or vehicle, road construction and other development could be considered a threat to the snail in the Black Hills, said Natalie Gates, a Fish and Wildlife Service biologist in Pierre.
“They can’t fly out of there, they can’t swim out of the way. They are going to get scrunched and so they are basically small, sedentary and vulnerable,” Gates said.
Right, so unlike humans (which might simply be a burden to be removed either early or late in life) these things somehow deserve our protection to the extent that we curtail necessary human endeavors?
Conservation? Yes. Believing that animals are more important than humans? No.