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China Daily | Updated:2016-11-09 08:25Tourists visit the Badaling Great Wall in Beijing, capital of China, Oct 23, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]THE FORESTRY Bureau in Laishui county, North Chinas Hebei province, uses poisoned bait to kill mice, rats, rabbits and hares to protect local woods. There must be better ways to care for the forests, says Beijing News:Environmental experts warn the poison may harm other wild animals, too, and it is a threat to both the ecological balance in the province and humans.
Because of the lack of predators, it is necessary to control the number of small mammals that are damaging the forests. But, having said that, the forestry bureau needs to carefully assess the environmental impact of using poisoned bait and consider whether it is the best means of pest control.
If it does use poison, the bureau needs to be prudent and choose the least toxic poison that is effective. It should also identify the ranges where the animals are being most destructive. To prevent any accidents, local residents must be kept informed of the areas where poisoned bait is being used and warned to keep livestock away.
While it is easy to bring down the number of pests by poisoning, it should be borne in mind that herbivores are important parts of the local biosystem. It is wrong to simply try and exterminate them.
Instead, the bureau may think of introducing some small predators to conserve the ecological equilibrium in a more environmentally friendly way.Related StoriesForestry conference to tackle quality and restoration issuesTravel: Shennongjia Forestry District on World Heritage ListPresident Xi calls late forestry professor role model for CPC membersASEAN forestry meeting kicks off in PhilippinesCartoonsBrexit timetable wont be affectedSpreading rumoursEmail scandalBob Dylan accepts his nobel prizeProtect all wildlifeClintons email scandalMost Viewed in 24 HoursFroum trendsHongbao dilemma: How much should you give?Should smoking be banned inside the airport?ColumnistsProposed business council in EU has a vital role to playJapan unhappy with UNESCO, as it would like the world to forgetForumFeatured ContributorsThe rise of the Eurasian silk roadLegal system needs more transparencyChina Daily Bureau ChiefsChongqing and Chengdu City Cluster on faster trackXi-Ma meeting brings historic opportunitiesStar BloggersA Somalis Chinese dreamNever lie to a Chinese woman!BACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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