You realize the board and regional advisory councils (RACs) are already made up
of a composition of landowners, sportsmen, and non-consumptive users, right?
There are representatives from Hogle Zoo, various Native American tribes, Forest
Service, BLM, The Nature Conservancy...and the list goes on and on.
The only wildlife the board approves of is that which neither competes with nor
preys upon livestock.
Predator and prey populations managed to balance themselves out for thousands of
years before we got here.
The vast majority of wildlife in Utah is not hunted. But the small number of
animals that are hunted, and the minority of residents who pay to hunt--as well
as the majority who don't hunt but who buy guns, ammo, or firearms
accessories--are paying the lion's share of the funds to provide habitat,
studies, and other management. Additionally, ranchers provide crucial
infrastructure like watering troughs/ponds that are used by wildlife in addition
to the ranchers' cattle.As @Zabilde points out, we have built
our homes where wild animals once roamed. Left unmanaged, wildlife goes through
horrible boom and bust cycles with large population growth when weather
conditions provide plenty of food, and then population collapses when either the
food runs out or some disease runs through the herd.A hungry or sick
big cat will come into your neighborhood looking for pets, small children, even
adults. Moose, elk, and even deer pose a real hazard to drivers, and can be
dangerous even to pedestrians. The endangered prairie dogs in Cedar carry
bubonic plague.Leave the wildlife management to trained biologists
who understand the proper role of hunting; You'll see more, with fewer
@ RedShirt"Tell us, what is the plan if there is no
hunting?"They have no plan, RedShirt. But then, you already knew
that. It just makes them feel good and puts them in the good graces of their
liberal friends at cocktail parties to profess loving animals. It doesn't
matter to them that an overpopulation of deer, elk, cougars, etc. will cause the
slow death of starvation for many of them. That they will just turn a blind eye
Bob, tell us what the "watchers" plan to do when there isn't enough
food in the wild areas to support the animals that live there? Are the watchers
going to watch the animals starve? Are they going to watch the animals move into
the cities where they will destroy landscaping and kill pets?Tell
us, what is the plan if there is no hunting?
I am not a hunter, but I prefer to have wildlife biologists make scientific
decisions regarding megafauna and not have advocates bring emotion into the
equation. Feral house management has been dominated by emotional appeals and the
result has not been good.
As long as guns are involved in local decisions about anything, like trophy
hunting, the animals and non-ego driven people will not have a say.
True letter, but this is Utah, and kinda like how a LDS majority board decides
liquor laws.Utah continually vote against their interests.Predators are an important part of the environment, not sheep and cattle
If you don't hunt, your financial help towards conservation is miniscule
compared to that provided by hunters. Every firearm and Bullet includes an
excise tax that funds conservation. Every hunting license and tag funds
conservation and protection of the animals the writer claims to love.We have invaded the animals homes, no argument there and no ability to undo
it. So we can leave the animals alone and enjoy a cycle of population growth
and mass starvation every few winters, with apex predators like the mountain
lions coming into our neighborhoods to hunt our pets and children.Or
we can manage the populations of all the various species through responsible
hunting as we are doing and try to establish and maintain a degree of
equilibrium that doesn't require killing off all the predators and avoids
the mass starvation events (or at least reduces them, the occasional really bad
winter can still result in some animals starving to death).The
ethical route is management, yes killing a few animals to keep the majority of
them alive and roaming our mountains to enjoy.Also the sporting good
industry has refused to consider adding a tax like we pay on our guns and ammo.