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Game and Fish increases pronghorn population with killings of coyotes

Game and Fish increases pronghorn population with killings of coyotes | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
More than 800 coyotes were killed at the direction of the Arizona Game and Fish Department from 2012 to 2014 for the purpose of protecting pronghorn fawns in five areas
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GR:  The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) lets people kill Pronghorn Antelope for the money.  Antelope have declined drastically from their original range.  However, AZGFD continues to sell Antelope hunting licenses for $103 ($565 non-residents).

"Annual harvests since 1990 have varied between 500 and 700 bucks, with archers taking a proportionally larger percent of the harvest in recent years. Plagued by encroaching subdivisions, increasing highway construction, and other land-use changes, maintaining even the present number of antelope is dependent on citizen involvement and an aggressive translocation program. Approximately 10 percent of the antelope harvest is in areas having reintroduced herds."

The AZGFD can't do much about construction and land-use, but they could stop selling hunting licenses.  They might have to cut salaries and layoff a few of their wildlife-control staff.  But then they wouldn't have to kill the coyotes.

Even more appropriate in these times of rapidly disappearing wildlife, would be to stop all hunting and call on the people of Arizona to fund the 25% of the AZGFD budget that comes from hunting licenses.



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Kariega Game Reserve photographic safari - Africa Geographic Blog

Kariega Game Reserve photographic safari - Africa Geographic Blog | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Guests comment on a successful photographic expedition to Kariega Game Reserve.  

By: Christian Boix and Brendon Jennings

"Africa Geographic Travel recently hosted the first of this years’ three fully booked photographic safaris at the always exciting Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This trip was once more led by Brendon Jennings, Kariega Game Reserve’s very own specialist photographic ranger and guide.

“The trip was blessed from the onset by an eclectic mix of people, a medical doctor, a retired couple from New Zealand, an art teacher and a photo journalist. One of the things I enjoy most about trips like this is the shared experiences we have with people from vastly different backgrounds with the common interest being nature and photography.”– (Brendon Jennings)

Garry Rogers's insight:

Photography field trips are a great alternative to hunting trips.  Photography clubs everywhere should plan more outings, and they should share their plans with their local wildlife agencies (often called Game ... agencies).  Obtaining a good photograph takes as much or more skill than killing with rifle or bow.

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Take Action to Protect Wildlife

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"The "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014" is harmful to wildlife and natural areas in many ways, and would force local land managers to give priority to trapping, hunting, fishing and shooting over all the other ways that Americans and their families enjoy Federal lands, such as hiking, biking, bird watching and kayaking. We all should be able to experience our public lands free from the dangers posed by the tiny minority of those who hunt animals. We also should be free to have those lands and wildlife protected from the dangers of lead poisoning (from lead bullets) -- an issue this bill expressly forbids scientists from even considering.

"Take action to protect wildlife habitat by calling your U.S. Senator today. It only takes a couple minutes, but your calls and phone messages have a powerful impact with legislators. You can simply say....

For more than three decades, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.
Garry Rogers's insight:

Our leaders should not risk harming Earth ecosystems. Without formal courses in ecology, they are susceptible to false arguments.  When we allow special interests to supply experts and offer campaign support, nonsense receives equal time. Errors are inevitable.  We have to take the action called for in this article, but we must recognize we are treating symptoms.  Let's also look for ways to call for better nature education.

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Director : Daniel M. Ashe: USFWS.
: Ban Endangered African Animal Trophy Imports From Namibia.

Director : Daniel M. Ashe: USFWS.<br/>: Ban Endangered African Animal Trophy Imports From Namibia. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
URGENT !!! STOP COREY KNOWLTON NOW !!! HE HAS BEEN GRANTED PERMISSION FROM NAMIBIA ; UNITED STAES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE / USFWS IS PENDING, TO IMPORT THE BLACK RHINO. THERE ARE LESS THAN 1,750 LEFT IN NAMIBIA, THE HUNT IS IMMINENT.

THE BLACK RHNIO , ONLY 1,750 IN NAMIBIA, TAG WAS BOUGHT IN JANUARY 2014, SINCE THEN IT HAS CAUSED A GLOBAL OUTCRY. THE WORLD IS HORRIFIED !! THE DEAL WAS DONE AT DALLAS SAFARI CLUB

COREY KNOWLTON, HAS MASSACRED 120 RARE ANIMALS IN THE WORLD IN THE LAST 10 YEARS , AND HE PAID $350 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE RIGHTS TO KILL A CRITICALLY ENDANGE ...
Garry Rogers's insight:

The same thing goes on here in the U. S.  This year the Arizona Game and Fish Department had to advertize to sell all the hunting permits it needed to sell.  Some of those permits are for animals that are doomed by approaching development.  They are going to become extinct anyway, so why not let hunters pay to kill a few.  The Department needs the money.

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Predator Killing Contest Environmental Assessment Available for 15-day Comment Period

Predator Killing Contest Environmental Assessment Available for 15-day Comment Period | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The BLM is asking for comments on an Environmental Assessment that examines the impacts of issuing a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) to conduct a predator killing contest on BLM lands. The comment ...
Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  Please send a comment to the BLM.  Instead of killing predators, we should be tending to the habitats that their prey need.  With more than half of Earth's vertebrates wiped out by humans since 1970 (report by World Wildlife Fund), it is past time to begin conserving wildlife species, not killing them for fun.

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International Tiger Day Poster

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The official International Tiger Day Poster for 2013.
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GR:  During the past century, we lost 97% of all wild tigers. Habitat loss and hunting eliminated 97,000 of the 100,000 tigers we had a century ago.  At this rate, all tigers living in the wild will be extinct in 10 years! Celebrate International Tiger Day and encourage others to join in.

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Stop the execution of Siberian wolves

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Here is the link to sign the Siberian Wolf petition to the Parliament of Latvia Stop killing wolves.

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  Herders and farmers see wolves as economic threats; hunters see them as competitors.  Neither group is interested in stable Earth ecosystems.  Perhaps Latvians need a better education like, uh, like….  Hmm, does any country require natural history and ecology courses in its school curricula?

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The Devastation of the Eastern Scottish Highlands by Recreational Shooters

The Devastation of the Eastern Scottish Highlands by Recreational Shooters | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

By Dhris Townsend:  "Roads, fences, gates, burnt heather. A savaged, stripped, blasted land. That’s the Eastern Highlands, beyond Mount Keen. Walking through these hills on the TGO Challenge recently was a depressing experience. Nowhere else in the Highlands have I ..."

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