The Imperiled Fox

Gorman, James. "Imperiled Foxes on California Islands May Come Off Endangered List." The New York Times. The New York Times, 11 Mar. 2015. Web. 11 Mar. 2015.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/12/science/imperiled-foxes-on-california-islands-may-come-off-endangered-list.html?ref=science&_r=0


This article is a news article about the Imperiled Foxes and how they may come off the endangered due to the efforts of the Fish and Wildlife Services. It will take a year of finalization before the Imperiled Fox is taken off the list or not and if it is it will be the fastest recovery of any mammal on the endangered species list.


Now this may seem like a good thing but the controversial issues lies with how the fox population was saved. The reason the fox population went into decline was the golden eagle and diseases. The reason behind the eagle was the feral pigs that also inhabited the islands the foxes lived on. The constant supply of piglets or baby pigs was the main source of food for the eagles and the foxes were just a side dish. However, this was enough to put the fox's population on a decline. To remedy the problem the golden eagles were trapped and relocated, but the pigs were hunted down and eradicated by professional hunters. Bald eagles were then introduced into the area who are extremely territorial and would not allow the golden eagles to come back and prey on the foxes. Through this effort the foxes started to thrive and bounced back from their decline.


Ethical Question: Do you think it is okay to get rid of 2 species to save 1? Do you think it was the correct decision by the Fish and Wildlife Services to save the Imperiled Fox?