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Wildfires have long plagued forests in the western half of the United States, but these trees face a much bigger threat that's far less visible but even more deadly: mountain pine beetles. For example, in 2007 these little buggers knocked out a staggering 3.9 million acres (1.6 million hectares) of trees across the states of Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Utah. On average, fires burn down 3.4 million acres (1.38 million hectares) each year
A "ghost forest" of dead and dying trees in Southern California. Native pines are being wiped-out by exploding populations of several species of bark beetles.
Since then, its population on the island has exploded to approximately 13,000 snakes per square mile. This rapacious predator has eliminated most of Guam’s lizard and bat species and has brought 10 of its 13 native bird species to extinction, including the flightless rail.
Originally posted by Ghost375
So, it is oft-repeated on ATS that humans are the only animals that devastate their own environment.
You're confusing the word destroying/devastation with eating.
I'm sorry but turtles never added poison to the land and water.
They never destroyed the rainforest on a whim.
They eat plants, that's much different from destroying plants.
Their actions never made holes in the Ozone layer.
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