I’ve seen a fair amount of posts/memes/videos that decree the saving of all animals. None should be killed and that includes wild animals. Now I’m not going to address farmed animals cause this post isn’t about the raising and slaughtering of commercial livestock.
I’m going to address the killing of wild animals. And I’m referring to hunting for meat, not trophy hunting.
Now IF hunting were to cease, there would be an influx of very pissed off farmers. Deer herds around here and other places can grow out of control as there is plenty of available food. A herd will only thin out when the food becomes scarce. Because of the severe decline in natural predators (wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions, depending on your area) there is nothing to keep those numbers in check. Now this affects the farmers as deer love fruit and vegetables. Deer can strip fruit trees of not only their fruit, but the bark in the winter and this can mean loss of the trees themselves due to the damage. The loss of their crops mean produce prices increase. Price increase in good directly affects all of us, not just the farmer.
What many of you may not know is herd populations are watched all the time. Their numbers are monitored and when there is an incline, the ministry generally offers the availability of more tags. When there is a decline, they offer less. Moose tags for instance have been a yearly lottery. Some have applied for a tag for years to never see it as there is only a limited number available due to their specific population.
All available tags are there for a reason: control of the herds population. People don’t want wolves close to their homes so man has wiped them all but out. We (hunters) are the only thing that keeps them in check.
People may not like it but there needs to be balance. Since wolves aren’t around to handle the numbers, people have to be.
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