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I've never claimed I hunt only for wildlife managment so don't put words in my mouth.I did say hunters do a very good job of controlling animal populations and put $$$ into the economy. I do know guys who hunt for the primary purpose of management it's called a "crop damage permit" and farmers recruit hunters to shoot deer on their property during the "off" season. Christmas tree farms as well as vegitable farmers rely on these hunters to keep the deer in check before the deer eat up all their profits.
One thing you need to face is as soon as man started moving out of ther tipee's and clearing the land and building houses, highways and cities the whole "natural" way of the animals changed and unless your willing to give up the planted it will not be the same. We are a preditor at the top of the food chain.Connecticut has a higher deer population now that EVER in history, why you may ask? Before CT was colonized it had huge old growth forests that didn't sustain a fraction of the deer population that we have now. Than by the middle 1880's CT was almost completely deforested and there were almost NO deer remaining in the state,It's only in the last 100 years that CT forests have grown back but their is sooo much young growth that it's able to sustain a large deer population. It's becoming over populated in may areas because of housing developments, areas that were once hunted that are no longer accesable to hunters.
Lets look at what happens without the natural preditors and hunters. Racoons are a great example,trappers once kept their numbers low but with a poor fur market created by the anti's their population was allowed to florish and overpopulate. Rabies spread like wild and became a problem. I'm sure everyone knows someone whos pet was effected by it, I know I do. So should we add them to the list of animals we need to add to the steralization program? Better have another fund raiser!
99% of hunters and trappers I know are very concered about properly managing the wildlife. I want to hunt and trap for years to come and I want my son to have the same opertunity so if I were the trigger happy killer you portray me as I would be out their blasting their heads off daily, but I'm not. I do take great pride in being able to "hunt" for an animal. It's not as easy as you may think it is.It's a skill that takes years to learn. And I resent ANYONE who wants to take the right away from me!
"I will give up my guns when they pry my cold dead hands from around them"
There are various types of traps, including snares, underwater traps, and Conibear traps-- the steel-jaw trap is the most widely used. The American Veterinary Medical Association calls these traps inhumane. This barbaric device has been banned by the European Union and in a growing number of states across the United States, including Colorado, California, Florida, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Washington state. Arizona does not allow the use of steel-jaw traps on public lands. I am strongly protesting the use of this trap in CT and won't stop until it's outlawed in our state.
When an animal steps on the spring of a steel-jaw trap, the traps jaws slam on the animals limb. The animal frantically struggles in excruciating pain as the trap cuts into his or her flesh, often down to the bone, mutilating the animals foot or leg. Some animals, especially mothers desperate to get back to their young, fight so vigorously that they attempt to chew or twist off their trapped limbs. This struggle may last for hours. Eventually, the animal succumbs to exhaustion and often exposure, frostbite, shock, and death as well.
You're an evil person Felcie...I feel badly for your son being subjected to this kind of disrepect for aniamls and nature. I really hope he grows up to be a better "man" than you.
If trapped animals do not die from blood loss, infection