There have been many wonderful benefits, and unfortunately, also many tragic results of the environmental movement, and a recent article from the Wall Street Journal reports on one of the tragic ones.
“KAMPUNG KOMODO, Indonesia — At least once a week, an unwelcome intruder crawls under a clapboard wall and, forked tongue darting, lumbers its way into Syarif Maulana’s classroom.
“Then, everyone screams, there is no more school, and we all run away very fast,” says the 10-year-old boy. “We are very afraid.”
“The intruder, a Komodo dragon, is the world’s largest lizard, an ancient, fierce carnivore found only on a handful of remote islands in eastern Indonesia. Reaching 10 feet in length, the dragons feed on buffaloes, deer and an occasional human. Just a year ago, a boy about Syarif’s age died in a dragon’s jaws, his bones smashed against rocks to facilitate reptilian digestion.
“That killing, and a spate of other close encounters, has fanned a panic in the dragons’ main habitat, the Komodo National Park. Touted by Indonesia as its “Jurassic Park,” this rocky, barren archipelago is home to some 2,500 dragons and nearly 4,000 people, clustered in four fishing villages of wooden stilt houses.”
“These locals have long viewed the dragons as a reincarnation of fellow kinsfolk, to be treated with reverence. But now, villagers say, the once-friendly dragons have turned into vicious man-eaters. And they blame policies drafted by American-funded environmentalists for this frightening turn of events.”