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Title: How we treat animals affects 'living guide within us'
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Title: How we treat animals affects 'living guide within us'
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Publication Date: January 10, 1994
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1The Daly News, Frid, June 10.1994 17


How we treat animals affects 'living guide within us'


In last week's article, I focused
on the importance of learning fom
older people because they point us
to hiMaory thatwe know lie of.
Chrles Darwin 1809-1882
-is one of the rat fig s in the
history of science. Even today,
mo an a cenry afte his death,
Darwin's laecy rha cntr r-
siaL
Part of this controversy stems
from ignorance of his work in i-
m ndpr and misande rad-
ins of how his work was ile dis-
torted to srve a variety of contra-
doary sedaiid political nd
However, many h ina ova ihe
years have clarified many of the
misconceptions of Darwin's per-
spective on the changing environ-
ment.
As a boy, George A. Seaman
saw te changes in thee islands by
observing the natural evolution p-
cess whereby changes in th envi-
ronment occur naturally or the
impact of homan beings on the
em.
It was ignorance, superstition
and arrogance that shackled hbuma
unde sndingof life on thisart
Now. scieists are beginning to
applracialste dynamic telioos hip
of organism including human
beings have with one another
and with the ever-changing envi-
monment,
Seaman, a local wildlife biolo-
gist, has laid the foundation scin-


on birds of St. Croix from 1857-
1858 that quails were intoducud to /
St. Crix. 6 We would have lost something, I feel,
Olase Thee birds w n a ltle more than justthe extinction of an animal
southwe section of St Croi~. long among us. We would have irreparably lost
lob Jand St. Thomas o housed a part f our nscene, a part of the living guide
r mrencwa aner bird studied within us. To me, it would be just a bit more
by SeSamm difficult to live happily in truth again before God.


These were shot during tc win
ter months mostly northern mig
tly da to0 isan On ov. They hB uve sived fBsl tc We would hav itepably t
12,194, four Bildpte uand 88 h canese, "tidal waves, evoluo a pat of our consciece a part of
blue-wined teal were observed at and kings come and go. he living gide within s. To me, it
Two Wilams pod no St Croix. 1952, S ion 9, Municipal uld be ua bit mole difiult to
Ti was the largest flock of d Co Bill No.30 arol rotered live happily in th again beoire
observed h t. Today,fewducks the deer population which states God"
v tistelnd's ponds lat, Today, the deer ar still sviv-
Native of West Africa, Gaines "The Gme Commission shall ingdespie man's ffort
fowl wa believed to be introduced sathorize ay farmer whose crops The mangov fats-which
to the Caribbean lo 1508. Years at being damaged or deioyed by HesOi Riry and M i Ma-
ago, Douglas Blackwood intro- deer to capture or ill such deer as etta built on St. Croix's South
duced 10 wild Guine birds to SL may be found in the immediate Shore--once supposed the lrst
Crol. vicinity of the farmer's crop, breeding colony of white-crown
Those wild birds established notwithstanding the provision of pigeons. This area supposed 500 to
themselves bt wre later ffeced Sectionoftisordinance; provid- 6ti0breding colonies
by nvisnmental falto and nan. ed that the Game Commission or Seaman's wildlife reports
Today, some people have Gone Police Dep is notified with extended from 1949 to 1968. This
fowlis p. in 24 hoes afer such takng." aricl only scratches f surface on
The introduction of deer to the What this means is that any Seaman's contributions to these
Virgin Ilandsis almost obscure. HI famner can bait deer by planting islands' atuml history. He was a
A. Beatty, a one-time wildlife sweepoetatoos, okra,or some ohe manofgreatitegrity.
supervisor of the Virgin Islands, cop o kllder. Seaman mentioed
mentioned that dea was i'roduced ias i di OolaseDavi Aho holds a nAs-
prior to 1790. Deet was intodced "We would have lost something, ter fcied c degree in range ma-
to ths islands for big game. Tese I feel, a little more than jus the emMt and forer y eco/lo, is a
animals weathered hkd times and etintion of a animal long among St. Croi ecologist, activist and
good times. writer.


tificallyin the early par of this cen
tury by studying wildlife behavior
andhabitltofthsislads.
This wetk. I ill form o some
of te contribution Semn mde
to the Virgin ianol' Aed hso-
ry.
Early thi century, the Virgin
Islands had a game mmision to
regulate bird rating. Upland gm
birds hunting in the Virgin Islands
wasn a yearly op, but aitua ct-
ed outside hunters dari the sea-
son.
uails was one of the birds th
bunters liked to hunt. In 1840,
lames Smith visited S Croix and
add-
"I occasionally stared up a flock
of quals. They live in the nes and
are about as ommmoin this ind
as they are in Weschester County."
Around 1852, John P. Knox
wrote in his natural history of St.
Thomas that, "Quallis were very
rare."
It was also mentioned in New-
towns, Alfred and a Edwad reported




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