Some environmental questions do not have easy answers

Environmental questions such as “What kind of frog is this?” and “Is it legal to have a pet skunk in my state?” Relatively simple, with straightforward answers to it. Questions that require subjective assessments, such as “What is the value inherent in that animal?” require a more precise response.

s. I live in Florida and have written to state and federal wildlife agencies but have not received a satisfactory answer to this question: What is the rationale for conserving dangerous reptiles like the alligator? It’s a flimsy excuse to say it would upset the “ecosystem”. Are there specific and documented reasons for protecting the American alligator? What is the real value?

A: Aspects of sociology, psychology, economics, and of course ecology play a role in looking at the value of any element in the natural world and whether it is worth preserving.

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