Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Quotes 217 #123

"Hugo Reid (in 1832) and Harris Newmark (in 1853) at the other end of the faunal scale were mesmerized by the vast rodent metropolis that covered the plains north of San Pedro. Reid complained that the squirrels, rabbits, and gophers 'had so honeycombed the surface of the ground as to make it dangerous to ride anywhere off the roadway faster than at a walk.' The horrified Newmark, who mistook the thousands of ground squirrels 'for ordinary rats,' felt as if he had 'landed on another planet.'"

Mike Davis, Ecology of Fear.