Dr. George Johnson states that, “Few residents in Missouri and Illinois have prospered more in the 20th century than have our deer” (Exploding deer populations). Early in the 20th century white tailed deer were rare in the Midwest. Uncontrolled hunting had reduced their numbers to about 500,000 nationwide, and some states had no deer at all. Dr. George Johnson states that, “In order to protect the remaining deer, laws were passed in the 1920’s and 1930’s to restrict hunting, particularly of does (females)” (Exploding deer populations). The history of deer has to deal with population and the Lacy Act.
White tailed deer populations continue to rise. The lack of land is causing unhealthy living environment for the white tailed deer. Deer overpopulation needs to be controlled. The three main types of deer control are hunting, predator control, and non-aggressive control methods. The most popular form of deer control is hunting.
“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
Why were these stopped? “It’s those damn tree-huggers again.” Reintroducing Wolves into the southwest is the biggest mistake the government has made in several years. Farmers and ranchers suffer some of the most losses from wolves out of anyone in our society. For one, the wolves eat cattle, which is some rancher’s only means of income. Yes, there are programs which reimburse ranchers for their losses, but the raising calves to cows, feeding them, and immunizing them is more money than one wants to put out for one animal if it isn’t your income.
They believe in the old saying, “It takes a doe to yield a buck.” This is entirely true but it ignores the basic law of nature that any piece of land, and the food and cover in it, can support only so much game. If the excess game is not harvested by hunters or killed by predators, nature will take over and exterminate enough animals as needed or more through disease and starvation. That’s why hunting is a much more humane means for a deer ... ... middle of paper ... ...also depend on how wildlife agencies respond to this idea. Throughout history, many northern states have gone all out on shooting bucks. Now they realize that just shooting bucks do not equal quality deer herds.
This stress limits the animals’ ability to eat sufficiently and store the fat and energy they need t... ... middle of paper ... ...act, a fraction of the wild animal population is specially directed to be killed. Because of this hunting actually causes overpopulation and ecological disturbance. While hunters believe they control the populations of the animals they kill, natural predators, wolves, bears, and mountain lions , are the actual ecosystem managers, if they too are not hunted. Hunting is a huge problem in the world that is over looked by many. It kills millions of defenseless animals every year and wounds even more.
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.
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.
These groups believed that hunting is damaging to animal populations. They see animals being killed and can’t possibly see any benefits of this. However, they are overlooking the many benefits of hunting. One of the main things they overlook is the financial support hunting offers for conservation. For example, In North Carolina hunting provides 70% of the funding for conservation and wildlife management programs.
Not only that, if an animal shows up that shouldn’t be there, we ten... ... middle of paper ... ...rcauteren and Hyngstrom 101). Many Americans believe hunting is a barbaric solution to a cute and cuddly problem. They believe that the animals will sort themselves out if humans do not interfere. The fact is, these well-meaning animal-lovers are wrong. Animal populations are soaring, and the modest tag limits imposed upon hunters leave them unable to control those populations.