Sunday, February 27, 2011

Killing Wildlife is Expensive

The federal government has an expensive program under the USDA for killing animals.  It is this group that has come to Solon to present their ideas.

"The federal government kills wildlife all the time and we’re paying for it. The program is called Wildlife Damage Management and its run by the unlikely Department of Agriculture (the USDA)."

"The general public was given a window into the work of Wildlife Service last month when thousands of birds were reported to have mysteriously died in South Dakota. Upon investigation it was admitted by the USDA that poison bait had been set out for the birds after a local farmer complained that the birds were defecating in his animal feed. Dead birds were also reported “falling from the sky” in Arkansas and Louisiana into residential areas and parks."

"What is really the point of killing all these animals year after year? (4.1 million in 2009; 5.0 million in 2008; 2.4 million in 2007; and 1.6 million in 2006). When you look at the numbers the program starts to look more like an annual public works project offering steady employment and job security rather than a necessary and defensible federal expenditure."

"What a business. First Wildlife Service is called in as the expert to assess the problem, and then its hired to fix it. Not a bad gig if you can get it. "

See more details in Linda Heinberg's full article go here.

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Killing Deer is ineffective

It's counter intuitive but deer don't just reproduce each year, thinning the heard makes them stronger and they reproduce at a more rapid rate.  This is the basis for a well known process called rebound.

"Hunting simply decreases the competition for food among the animals that survive a hunt. ... The animals left behind will be better fed, become stronger and their potential for reproduction will increase."

"The well fed doe may also reproduce at a younger age (and thus produce more fawns during her lifetime), and the incidence of birthing twins or triplets increases."

"even after decades of hunting, deer numbers remain high in much of the country. "

For Linda Heinberg's full article go here.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

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