Predators killed 46% of fawns, (Hart). A study about coyotes in Ohio found that even though they kill numerous fawns, the population of deer continues to grow, (Hart). It would be critical to maintain... ... middle of paper ... ... of helping deer control. Non-aggressive methods are the newest forms of deer control including electronic fencing, scaring tactics, and birth control. In the end, deer control is a rising issue that needs to be addressed for the healthy livelihood of deer and their environment.
The best way to control the overpopulation of deer in Alabama is to be an active hunter, which is what I am here to do today. A. I will talk to you about overpopulation of deer in Alabama, while convincing you why deer hunting is good. B. Also, the perks of deer hunting. C. Finally, the opposing views of deer hunting.
“Hunting is not part of conservation, it is conservation” says Dr. Jon Hutton, Executive Director of UNEP-WCMC. (25 Reasons Hunting is Conservation) This quotation states that hunting is one of the most beneficial things to improve a population. Conserving natural resources by eliminating a percentage of an overpopulated species helps the natural balance in the environment. If the wolf population goes down, the deer population goes up. If the deer eat all the grass, rabbits and other such herbivorous animals will diminish and kill off all of the predatory creatures that eat the rabbits.
Without hunters, animals could overpopulate, and cause great ecological damage. The role that hunting plays in sustaining animal populations is defiantly the difference between sustained populations, and mass starvations. Is hunting really necessary in the maintenance of a balanced ecosystem? That is one of the many questions asked by environmentalists and animal rights activists all over the world. In “The Deer” Marston discusses the decrease in hunters across the nation.
Without the population control provided by regulated, regular hunting, the world would suffer from extreme overpopulation. In many ways, hunting and hunters themselves sustain the life of the entire ecosystem by wiping out so many issues straight from the roots. One of these issues comes as deer overpopulation affects plant life. The deer have no sense of how much is too much, and they might well wipe out a certain plant that is necessary for another animal’s survival, which in turn could wipe out that animal’s predators and so forth. In her peer reviewed scientific journal, Sharon Levy even goes so far as to say that the “impact of overpopulated deer… cascades through whole ecosystems.” In a literal sense, given enough time, an extreme overpopulation of deer could very easily destroy the entire
From the perspective of economy, ecology, and environmental conservation, hunting is very important. Hunting is necessary to protect agriculture and the environment from animal pest or overpopulation. For example, wild boars tear up many farmers land causing many problems as well with the deer population growing eating away farmer’s resources. Also with the growth of white tail deer are damaging every landscape east of the Mississippi river. Unfortunately, the harm is very overlooked, and accepted as somehow “natural”.
“Does recreational hunting have a role in conservation?” by Associate Professor Graham Hall and, “Can hunting endangered animals save the species?” by Lara Logan, help me prove that it’s not all these things some believe it to be. I personally believe the number one reason people are afraid of hunters hunting is that they believe that animal may go instinct, but what many people don’t know is that hunting helps the animal species population; and not just the one they are hunting, it helps all species in that ecosystem in some way. As crazy as that sounds let me explain, I’m sure your thinking “well if you kill a bunch of Oryx (large antelope) then the number of Oryx will keep decreasing till they are all gone” but what is actually happening is when
This is where hunters come in, hunters help to lower populations in environments to allow other animals and life to thrive in a humane way that costs less than any other method of control. It is common now for ecosystems to become over run with a species of animal that will overtake the area they inhabit. “Wildlife populations throughout time have fluctuated wildly for natural reasons and some unnatural reasons” (Emmons 1). These fluctuations can be dangerous and must be dealt with before damage is done. For instance, deer populations have been on the rise in the last many years and if it weren’t for widespread deer hunting they would over run many forests and possibly destroy much of the land inhabited by other creatures.
The articles of “Hunting and the ecosystem” written by the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department (SDGFP), and “Facts and statistics on wildlife conservation” written by Roger Holmes, director of the Fish and Wildlife, touch on how hunting is important in the environment to keep a good balance in the ecosystem. They also point out how hunters do more than any other organization for wildlife and environment. Our country was created by outdoors men who hunted and they passed their knowledge of the outdoors to their kids. Hunting has worked its way down from the generation and we should learn to “pass it on” Hunting is great for the environment and wildlife and should be preserved for the ages to come. Hunters are the biggest supporters of conservation financially.
But in reality, it is the reason the wildlife they see are not extinct. Harvesting game not only benefits the hunter with the meat, but also the land, the wildlife, and controls the game population; therefore, without it wildlife would starve, and land would not be managed. Hunting manages land in many ways. Around seventy-three percent of funding for all wildlife programs comes from the sale of hunting licenses and trapping licenses fees from the Pittman-Robertson federal excise tax on sport hunting devices and ammunition. Less than one percent of funding comes from the states general fund.