Human Impacts

Feb 3, 2020

Credit K. Ouchley

On the surface, it doesn't seem possible. How can we catch all the fish in the seas? Analogies do exist. 

Bison were once the most numerous single species of large wild mammal on the planet. They blanketed the Great Plains of North America and were the life-blood of Plains Indian societies for thousands of years. During the 19th century, commercial hunters spurred on by government policies aimed at subduing Native Americans by eliminating their food supplies killed more than 50 million bison. The once vast herds were reduced to a few hundred individuals.