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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:33 PM

1. Most state agencies


charged with wildlife management do so scientifically. They determine if a species is over populated and issue permits targeting over population or maintaining populations. Over population, in fact historically animal populations of specific species goes in waves...as populations rise predators rise, disease increases, and populations ultimately tumble. Controlled wildlife management is used to eliminate these dramatic fluctuations in species numbers. My state's "wildlife and parks department" is the only state agency which is self supporting, operating without tax revenue, only on hunting and fishing licenses, and park entry fees. My state has more species and healthier populations of wildlife than 100 years ago because of wildlife management. The money paid for fishing/hunting licenses have re-introduced species such as wild turkeys. Since the re-introduction of turkeys, bobcat, coyote, and even cougar populations have increased dramatically...wouldn't have happened if game managers didn't have the revenue to do it. Further, there is much ground in my state which is no longer farmed in favor of acquiring refuge status, tax incentives accompanying that decision make it a win/win/win for land owners, hunters, and wildlife. Part of this agreement in my state is that the refuge land be open to hunters in season.

It is a simple fact that humans exist. And in their existence, must co-exist with animals if we wish to share at all.

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