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I'm unaware of any alleged extinction by activities of collectors. It's always been about the habitat. If the population could get so small and squeezed into a corner that a collector could wipe it out, it was dooomed by bad (or no) management. Better to have the last specimen in a collection with good data than to never know what happened.
I feel we have a positive story to tell without having to be on the defensive. I suggest we have to blunt the appeal of sensationalism. Some reporters on NPR, like many reporters, want to get the dirt.
BTW, I'm enjoying this conversation on ECN-L I rarely participate, but this issue strikes close to a home I've been working on for many years.