Environment: Animal Swaps: Anybody want a grizzly?

Anybody want a grizzly?

How many wild turkeys can you get for a river otter? Answer: in Iowa, two. At last week's Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Grand Rapids and on other occasions, conservation administrators from at least 33 states have taken to arranging trades of animals that are abundant in one state but rare or nonexistent in another. The motivation for the swaps is ecological: not to provide more targets for a state's hunters but simply to increase the diversity of its fauna.

Iowa has promised Kentucky 240 wild turkeys for 120 river otters. Colorado gave away pine martens, a relative of the...

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