This only happened because half a lifetime ago, some far sighted people realized that something had to be done to save these birds. It has costed a fortune, and today most American’s would consider the money as having been well spent. It wasn’t always the case.
Glenn Beck has the theory that if you are kidnapped, your case will get more publicity if you are good looking. Maybe the same theory could apply to these giant birds. Would we have these birds today, and would anybody care, if they had looked like a starling?