Behavior: Snowmobile Psychology

This winter, there are 1.4 million snowmobiles abroad in the land, and the number is growing fast. Nature lovers, insisting that the little vehicles cause damage to the environment and shatter the tranquillity of wilderness regions, have begun pressing for anti-snowmobile legislation. But prospects for effective regulation are poor; the likelihood of an outright ban is nil. Now, however, a study by a Michigan State University professor suggests a more subtle way to deal with the proliferation of the abominable snowmobile (as its foes call it). If it is made thoroughly safe to operate, devotees will get bored and look for...

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