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- Subject: E-M:/ Fw: Kid hunters: TIME story
- From: "Ann Frisch" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 22:20:24 -0600
- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: "Ann Frisch" <email@example.com>
Enviro-Mich message from "Ann Frisch" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Friday, November 27, 1998 3:33 PM
Subject: Kid hunters: TIME story
>fax (212) 522-8949
>TIME magazine letters, TIME & LIFE Bldg, Rockefeller Center, NY 10020.
> Include writer's full name, address and home phone.
>Norman Pearlstine is Editor-in-Chief; Henry Muller is Editorial
>Director; Don Logan is Chairman and CEO.
>Absent from the story is the old lawyer's question, "Who profits?"
>WHY are state wildlife agencies so keen to indoctrinate kids to
>hunting? WHY are deer so abundant?
>Hunting is unnecessary. Hunts are not held for wildlife population
>control, but to provide "recreational opportunities" (live targets)
>for hunters. Deer are so numerous chiefly because the 1937 federal
>Pittman-Robertson law (16 USC 669-669i; 50 CFR Part 80) requires that
>state game managers' paychecks come from the licenses their
>departments sell. Managers deliberately, systematically, manipulate
>deer into overpopulation for hunters. They manage for "Maximum
>Sustained Yield" (their term).
>Phony "facts" in the article actually must be unattributed quotations
>or the reporters' opinions. "The real threat to wildlife is not
>hunters but rather loss of habitat... Hunting, in fact, is the
>primary -- and most humane--instrument of wildlife managment in much
>of the country... Unless the [deer] herds are brought under control
>by hunters, they cause auto accidents and the spread of Lyme disease
>through deer ticks." But that's not true.
>(1) Using clearcuts, burning, tillage, herbicides, 'dozing, disking,
>chaining, flooding, and draining, game managers actively DESTROY
>habitats (maturing, extensive public forests) needed by hundreds of
>depleted nongame species that require old growth and forest interiors
>--e.g., Neotropical migrant birds, salamanders, secondary cavity
>nesters, accipiters, owls, spring ephemeral wildflowers, black bears--
> in order to increase browse supplies and young, broken and burnt
>habitats preferred by already-abundant gunfodder species like deer.
>In Georgia, forest fragmentation is collapsing 90 songbird species'
>(2) Because hunting (a) underpins game agency payrolls and (b)
>managers manipulate hunting regulations to INCREASE the number of
>animals for the gun, it is indeed the "primary instrument of wildlife
>management." Therefore traditional wildlife management should be
>abolished. It overrepresents hunters at the expense of broader
>(3) Death or crippling by gunshot or bowshot is the OPPOSITE of what
>(4) Car-deer wrecks and Lyme disease are population DENSITY-dependent
>(5) STOPPING GROWING DEER is the solution to car-deer wrecks and Lyme
>disease. Hunters and management CAUSE the problems they pretend to
>(6) Why is it "too many" DEER we are always hearing of, not
>overflowing robins, turtles, or bats? Deer are the big-money, big-
>game species that hunters demand from their handmaidens at the
>(7) Little known to the public, state wildlife agencies are in the
>deer-growing business to maximize their "harvest" of taxpayer dollars
>from U.S. and state treasuries. Their political constituency
>withered by 1997 to just 5.5% of the U.S. population. They are
>frantic to stop the loss. Like King Canute who commanded the tide,
>they will fail. Their own studies have predicted hunting's demise by
>(8) Why are macho men hiding behind children? Research done decades
>ago at Yale's forestry school found that boys who don't hunt by ages
>8-10 are unlikely to take it up later. The director of Georgia's
>game agency, the DNR Wildlife "Resources" Division wrote, "The child
>you take hunting today may save hunting for tomorrow... We're
>exploring every way we can to salvage hunting."
>(9) Where deer are nature-managed and unhunted -- as in most National
>Parks -- there are no more deer or other animals than the land can
>support. There, deer numbers fluctuate in smooth natural cycles
>(even where hunters wiped out big natural predators long ago) because
>it is weather, natural food supplies, space, competition, and other
>natural factors that govern deer populations and densities in natural
>(10) Management's guru Lowell Halls, has written, "It is not
>necessary that deer populations be harvested... The disturbed forest
>is likely to produce a greater number of deer than the pristine
>forest... Management for maximum sustained yield will produce the
>greatest number of bucks..." (in "Whitetail deer in eastern
>wilderness areas," _Wilderness areas in the eastern United States: a
>management challenge_, D.L. Kulhavy and R.N. Conner, eds, May 13-15,
>1985, Nacogdoches TX, ISBN 0-938361-00-7).
>(11) A game agency produces deer partly by regulating hunters so that
>the herd remaining after hunting season is concentrated with fawns
>and young, pregnant females: hallmark of an EXPANDING population.
>"Ideally, if the desired number of antlered and antlerless deer are
>taken each year the herd will be comprised of the lowest number of
>males and the highest number of breeding females. As a result, a
>maximum fawn crop will be produced each year." NY Department of
>Environmental Conservation, "The Conservationist," Sept-Oct 1978.
>Georgia Earth Alliance
>a PRO-ANIMAL nature preservation organization
>PO Box 1231
>Fayetteville GA 30214-6231
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