Would you be for, against, or indifferent either way or the other of reintroducing the extinct Pleistocene Megafauna into the wild in North America?
Some background information: Prior to around 10,000 BC, North America had an even more diverse population of large mammals than Africa does today. Creatures such as the Woolly Mammoth, Mastodon, saber-toothed cat, American lion, short-faced bear, several species of camels and llama, dire wolf, glyptodon (giant armadillo), giant beaver, wild horse, American cheetah, giant condor, giant sloth, etc. roamed the plains, forests, and mountains of North America. At around 10,000 BC, almost all of these large mammals became extinct, leaving only the bison, musk ox, grizzly bear, and polar bear as the remaining (relatively) large mammals. It’s probably a feeling of sentimental nostalgia, but I really would like to live among these animals once again and experience what the ecology of the “original” America was like before all of these amazing creatures were wiped out.
We have the technology to clone these animals, and reintroduce them, perhaps at first into national parks, and then release them into the wild. Would you be for or against this idea (which has been brought up quite a few times, and is going on a small-scale in Russia I believe with the mammoth alone)?
Is it legal for a private organization or person(s) to do this? Would you be for importing African species similar to the American ones that went extinct (i.e. lion, elephant, cheetah, etc.), if cloning extinct animals is either illegal or has too many risks?