Extinction or De-extinction?

Young passenger pigeon.

Don’t get me wrong, I love animals and nature.  I think it is sad that mankind has driven so many animals to the brink of or literal extinction.  I am also an avid reader who tries to keep up with our destructive ways.  I am in favor of conversation and alternative energy not because I feel that we understand the environment and our impact on it but because we have no clue.  

Just this morning, I was reading a summary from the NSF about how we destroyed certain aspects of Yellowstone and remained largely unaware of our damage for over 100 years.  If you take into account how intertwined and subtle the relationships of nature discussed in the article and then watch the video I think you understand my apprehension regarding de-extinction.

While bringing back a passenger pigeon is one thing, I think my larger fear is something like Woolly Mammoths.  Frankly, I think it unwise, frightening and arrogant.  Thanks for reading and please feel free to leave your thoughts with a comment.