Self-centered people suffer from a kind of myopia. Whatever protects/serves them is good; everything alse is a threator bad. That is how the snail darter became an ogre. It interfered with somebody’s plan to make a buck exploiting the environment.
Here on the Coast of Georgia, it’s the marshes that are anti-environmentalists’ target. All that is require is to drain off the water and mow down the tender grasses to get that manicured front lawn effect.