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by WSTREPS
October 30th, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles
Replies: 24
Views: 11327

Re: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles

True, I did mistakenly attribute the graphic posted by Bryan Hamilton to the Stephanie A. Zimmer-Shaffer, Jeffrey T. Briggler, and Joshua J. Millspaugh paper but as explained they did make use of the misplacing information found on that graphic in their work. My criticisms and reasoning behind that ...
by WSTREPS
October 30th, 2017, 9:32 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles
Replies: 24
Views: 11327

Re: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles

Regarding average age to maturity, what scale are we talking about? In Ontario, average age to maturity is 17 years....... Go back and read what I said. It was crystal clear. The only paper's by Jeff I know of involve alligator snapping turtles, Macrochelys temminckii this subject pertains to commo...
by WSTREPS
October 30th, 2017, 5:37 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles
Replies: 24
Views: 11327

Re: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles

In the papers abstract (the only thing Wildlife legislator's ever read) is a chart containing information that is exceptionally misleading in context. Comparing large mammalian reproduction and recruitment to reptiles. It creates a visual that to the uninformed (Wildlife legislator's) appears scient...
by WSTREPS
October 29th, 2017, 1:13 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles
Replies: 24
Views: 11327

Re: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles

Welcome to the party. I appreciate the wonderful mix of lies and half truths you sprinkle in with your responses. Why? Its a shame threads are diverted in this manor. But once again a trolling post by Bryan Hamilton. To this my response is a simple one. You make the accusation now back it up. Provi...
by WSTREPS
October 29th, 2017, 11:30 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles
Replies: 24
Views: 11327

Re: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles

The author's did no live snapping turtle research of their own. They don't have a clue if any of the biological information is accurate or not. Its all "modeling" based on speculative numbers. Love that little Bill Nye science chart, lets compare the reproductive and recruitment rate of large mammal...
by WSTREPS
October 25th, 2017, 10:18 am
Forum: News
Topic: Chasing Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades
Replies: 6
Views: 6418

Re: Chasing Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades

Bryan Hamilton you seem to enjoy posting python related articles, Why? And can you tell us about your relationship to Bobby Reed and Gordy Rodda. Two major benefactor's of the python scandal. Do you know them? Above is the question. It still hasn't been answered. For the second time an effort to di...
by WSTREPS
October 24th, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Chasing Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades
Replies: 6
Views: 6418

Re: Chasing Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades

Bryan Hamilton you seem to enjoy posting python related articles, Why? And can you tell us about your relationship to Bobby Reed and Gordy Rodda. Two major benefactor's of the python scandal. Do you know them? The guy persistently trolls me and when he is presented with a harmless question, his res...
by WSTREPS
October 22nd, 2017, 2:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eyelash Vipers & Flowers
Replies: 12
Views: 5286

Re: Eyelash Vipers & Flowers

I have found a number (very common) of eyelash vipers back when I running around Central America. I don't ever recall finding one amidst beautiful flowers. My take is this. No doubt if the opportunity presents itself an eyelash viper will take a small bird. But, I don't believe this would be a desig...
by WSTREPS
October 22nd, 2017, 2:04 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Pet Snakes Set off Chain of Events: Could make you sick
Replies: 16
Views: 8523

Re: Pet Snakes Set off Chain of Events: Could make you sick

Have you considered reaching out to Frank Mazzotti about a paper? It seems like a great study and one several scientists would be interested in exploring. Absolutely I have reached out not only to Mazzotti but to others as well. What I say I do not say lightly or without a well heeled knowledge. Li...
by WSTREPS
October 22nd, 2017, 1:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Chasing Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades
Replies: 6
Views: 6418

Re: Chasing Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades

Bryan Hamilton you seem to enjoy posting python related articles, Why? And can you tell us about your relationship to Bobby Reed and Gordy Rodda. Two major benefactor's of the python scandal. Do you know them?

Ernie Eison
by WSTREPS
October 20th, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

There is definition and how that definition is applied to actual usage. The use of the word bias with a negative tone no matter how slyly inserted to imply that someone has shown a preconceived or unreasoned prejudiced. Only has merit when it can be demonstrated that the content presented has been i...
by WSTREPS
October 19th, 2017, 12:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Richard F. Hoyers truthful analysis of the Natureserve system is well worth reading and considering. Its sad that once again we have another effort to discredit fact based content with innuendo and nothing more. Claims of bias are baseless if they can not be supported by factual information to demon...
by WSTREPS
October 17th, 2017, 5:27 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Pet Snakes Set off Chain of Events: Could make you sick
Replies: 16
Views: 8523

Re: Pet Snakes Set off Chain of Events: Could make you sick

A>How does any of this relate to disease transmission of mosquitoes? Answer A> It relates to disease transmission of mosquitoes as it applies to the allegations made in the paper that is the subject of this topic. The papers authors claim humans could be at greater risk of disease transmission from ...
by WSTREPS
October 16th, 2017, 5:19 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Pet Snakes Set off Chain of Events: Could make you sick
Replies: 16
Views: 8523

Re: Pet Snakes Set off Chain of Events: Could make you sick

Again, only a response that runs from the topic and try's to dissuade peoples attention from the presented facts. I wont get sucked into that kind of nonsense. What ever someone's personal thoughts about me may be is irrelevant. That has nothing to do with the verifiable facts I present. Once again....
by WSTREPS
October 13th, 2017, 1:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Pythons, mammals, and mosquitoes
Replies: 3
Views: 4586

Re: Pythons, mammals, and mosquitoes

The authors of this paper claim that their findings indicate deer populations have suffered precipitous declines in relative abundance. That this precipitous decline can be attributed to python predation. You need look no further then that ludicrous analysis to understand how far fetched the work fo...
by WSTREPS
October 12th, 2017, 3:07 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Pet Snakes Set off Chain of Events: Could make you sick
Replies: 16
Views: 8523

Re: Pet Snakes Set off Chain of Events: Could make you sick

Dodge what point? You seem to think I have some kind of personal investment in the python work. I don't. Dodge what point? The point is that once again we have scientist presenting work and making irresponsible headline grabbing statements to the press based on a demonstrable untruth. Researcher's ...
by WSTREPS
October 11th, 2017, 1:11 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Pet Snakes Set off Chain of Events: Could make you sick
Replies: 16
Views: 8523

Re: Pet Snakes Set off Chain of Events: Could make you sick

The assumption now is that these large predators have major effects on ecosystems. The story is still being written but I find it interesting and compelling. The news media never lets facts get in the way of a good story. Junk science loves and feeds the media just for that reason. Assumption ? The...
by WSTREPS
October 10th, 2017, 2:17 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Pet Snakes Set off Chain of Events: Could make you sick
Replies: 16
Views: 8523

Re: Pet Snakes Set off Chain of Events: Could make you sick

Opossums, raccoons and deer all but disappeared from Everglades National Park in Florida after the Burmese python invaded. When they vanished, mosquitos turned to feeding on rats that can carry encephalitis. The link provides further proof of the decay of scientific credibility and educational syst...
by WSTREPS
October 10th, 2017, 5:29 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

So the actual point of discussion isn't lost in the typical sea of random minutia. For all the blowing. NDOW supporters comprised of state agency workers and NDOW biologist Jason Jones buddy's completely failed to address any of the blatantly fallacious arguments found in the NDOW and Jason Jones wo...
by WSTREPS
October 8th, 2017, 4:46 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

The one thing that was made very evident by the responses was that the NDOW and biologist Jason Jones are guilty of every negative aspect portrayed of them by those who pointed to their unprofessional and unscientific, manipulative tactics and incompetence. As evidenced this clearly was no act of co...
by WSTREPS
October 7th, 2017, 3:47 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Pythons, mammals, and mosquitoes
Replies: 3
Views: 4586

Re: Pythons, mammals, and mosquitoes

PYTHON RESERCHER FRANK MAZZOTTI: The recent plethora of stories about pythons consuming prey in the Everglades is a prime example. Stories about large snakes feed directly into an archetypal fear that humans have of snakes, and stories about a feeding frenzy of snakes wiping out wildlife fuels a fee...
by WSTREPS
October 7th, 2017, 5:36 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

If I'm following the news correctly, the proposed limits, which seem fairly reasonable as you state, were dismissed in favor of an all-out BAN on commercial collecting, which is what Nevada passed. Or am I mistaken, and these are the new PERSONAL collection limits? Those numbers are what NDOW biolo...
by WSTREPS
October 5th, 2017, 12:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Ernie, How on earth did you come across the proposal you say was submitted by Jason Jones to the Nevada Wildlife commission? Are you certain of your information? What you mention is so bizarre, I if find it hard to believe! If the Rubber Boa was on the Jones proposal, what limits did he indicate fo...
by WSTREPS
October 4th, 2017, 1:00 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

So the focus of the thread isn't lost The question is what did NatureServe’s methods or snails or Utah have to do with the travesty involving the NDOW and their mouth piece biologist Jason Jones or his tabloid style science ? In the days prior to the final ruling NDOW biologist Jason Jones submitted...
by WSTREPS
October 4th, 2017, 7:53 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

On the other hand, I continue to be baffled as to why wildlife agencies, and even some individuals in the academic community, do not realize that NatureServe’s methods are not scientific and that all of their ranking results are the produce of subjective judgment (opinion). And as mentioned previou...
by WSTREPS
October 2nd, 2017, 5:38 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Your statement about “information deficiencies” is one of the issues I have emphasized. That is, state wildlife agencies have been listing species in various categories of conservation concern without having any valid evidence for supporting such listings. So agencies have deceitfully implied speci...
by WSTREPS
October 1st, 2017, 4:50 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

The evidence of the latter is glaringly apparent. Removing species from public access by placing species in a hands-off protected status is one example when in fact, the listing of such species was accomplish by unprofessional, unethical and dishonest methods. Such actions by wildlife agencies repr...
by WSTREPS
September 27th, 2017, 1:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Pitfall traps became a big NDOW selling point to justify their shambolic actions. Its very easy to see just how small the pitfall traps are even when compared to the very tiny piece of habitat visible in the picture. 5000 (that's 5 times the high end estimate of traps) provides open coverage of abou...
by WSTREPS
September 27th, 2017, 8:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 10832

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

Manipulative Biologist (example NDOW Jason Jones) preach to naïve individuals having no insight into these matters. Who then try to make broad assumptions about a business they know nothing of. In turn they try using their influence, to convince others of their naïve views, provided the listeners ar...
by WSTREPS
September 27th, 2017, 3:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 10832

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

I think you simply misinterpreted what I meant. RenoBart You think wrong. That is it exactly. Placing your " personal opinion " aside, you clearly don't understand the very concepts you refer to as "simple". This confirmed for a forth time via your own explanation and opinion expressed in this thre...
by WSTREPS
September 26th, 2017, 4:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 10832

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

How does it not make sense? What part of what I said did you not understand? These are pretty simple concepts. The only thing that doesn't make sense is your non-constructive addition to the conversation. Exactly pretty simple concepts. And yet you fail to understand the contradicting nature of you...
by WSTREPS
September 26th, 2017, 5:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 10832

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

And I think this is the thing about NV and a complete ban. There are thousands of unoccupied acres here in the state, and to patrol this would be nearly impossible. To put a limit on people collecting wouldn't make a difference. So an outright ban that criminalizes commercial collecting is the only...
by WSTREPS
September 26th, 2017, 4:17 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

have now twice taken time to inform myself about NatureServe and their methods. To sum up my position, it amounts to junk science at it finest. l will get right to the point. Once again you are 100% correct. Natureserve is used as if it is a legitimate scientific entity. And that is obscene. The on...
by WSTREPS
September 25th, 2017, 5:37 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

The reason I gave credence to the quotes is two fold. First, the various quotes attributed to Jason Jones are from a several journalist and all such quotes are very similar in content. Secondly, quotes attributed to Jason Jones dovetail with the information contained in his power point document. Ri...
by WSTREPS
September 23rd, 2017, 4:52 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

For those who don't know. This is already looks like a done deal. What is going on now is all for show. I posted the above quote last week. This outcome was never in doubt. The fix was in before the first meeting. Jason Jones and the Chairmen had already been out chumming around together before tha...
by WSTREPS
September 23rd, 2017, 6:45 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

3. Jason Jones is quoted as saying (correctly) "We have no idea what this will do in terms of the lasting effects of a population"-- You do have idea. A very good idea. Looking at the numbers and species trapped and factoring that number out to an extreme, say multiply that number by 10. Considerin...
by WSTREPS
September 22nd, 2017, 2:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

However that still leaves lots of trade space- should Chuckwalla bag limit be 0/yr, 100/yr or 500/yr? Should the aggregate for all lizards be 3000 or 4000? Commission is also considering limiting the number of commercial collecting licenses sold per year. Great idea considering only 7 were sold las...
by WSTREPS
September 21st, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Jason Jones first recommendation is a complete ban. If that fails to fly this is his next proposal. A list of rules and proposed quotas as recommended by the NDOW(Jason Jones) . Jones presented absolutely ZERO scientifically sound data or anything of substance on any level to base these proposed reg...
by WSTREPS
September 20th, 2017, 2:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Still yapping about pitfall traps? Read my previous post for a true perspective . What NDOW biologist Jason Jones is doing with his pitfall trap language is using an old academic parlor trick. That is when you ascribe a maximum effect to a causative agent of barely detectable intensity you can make ...
by WSTREPS
September 18th, 2017, 12:50 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

“A reptile collector took responsibility for pitfall traps at the August meeting, saying that they are for collecting scorpions, not reptiles, Jennifer Newmark, administrator of wildlife diversity for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, said. Regardless of the intent, the traps are a "huge source of...
by WSTREPS
September 18th, 2017, 9:50 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

You seem really locked in on objectivity? In your eyes is the only objective person in the discussion Richard Hoyer? Everyone else is un-objective and therefore wrong? You must first place objectivity into perspective. Objectivity in everyday conversation is a important quality for a person to expr...
by WSTREPS
September 17th, 2017, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 10832

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

I'm not opposed to regulations which make sense. I support bag limits based on sound management principles. I'm not a commercial collector and don't condone limitless collecting. But the timing and manner of how a complete ban is being considered and promoted in Nevada is cause for concern, at leas...
by WSTREPS
September 17th, 2017, 12:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 10832

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

At the June Nevada wildlife commissioner's meeting NDOW biologist Jason Jones gave a presentation that was very much inline with what is seen from activist groups. High on tabloid style shock value and nearly devoid of anything that could pass as science. As Jones bumbled and stumbled his was thru t...
by WSTREPS
September 16th, 2017, 6:39 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Richard's long and interesting post went into greater detail discussing some of the key points I previously touched on. A point that should be made clear that has been misused by some posters has been the referencing the use of illegal pitfall trap lines by the collectors. It is legal to use pitfall...
by WSTREPS
September 15th, 2017, 4:22 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

A:Jason Jones provided at least 3 extensive briefs to the Game Commission over the past year – at their request. As the agency expert he remained neutral and simply provided the data. NDOW basically gave up on any sort of management of reptile commercial collectors after they lost the 1999 battle (...
by WSTREPS
September 9th, 2017, 5:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

NDOW has an incredibly friendly posture towards field herpers and the data they provide. This is not true. For decades the NDOW has targeted the handful of reptile collectors that reside in the state. The NDOW has proven themselves untrustworthy by relying on an approach that involves more shock va...
by WSTREPS
September 8th, 2017, 5:22 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Predictive modeling may be poor (in your opinion) but relative to what? Not having a model. A range map? Expert opinion? Those are still models, predictive modeling tries to take all the information we know, keep everything transparent and make the most scientificly supported guess possible. I susp...
by WSTREPS
September 7th, 2017, 12:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

I don't know what the percent of occupied chuckwalla habitat is in Nevada. Chuckwalla's in Nevada are patchily distributed in extremely rocky habitats, so there is a lot of unoccupied habitat . If only some entity, some management agency could address these gaps in distribution. Perhaps through pre...
by WSTREPS
September 6th, 2017, 3:55 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 153037

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

That is, an average of 1026 reptiles were harvested per collector in 1995 (31,803 / 31) whereas the same figure for 2016 was nearly the same at 1015 / collector (7102 / 7). I haven’t the foggiest notion why that didn’t resonate with Jason Jones and the NDOW leadership? I suspect they failed to obje...