Wildlife management, population control and wildlife conservation are euphemisms for killing–hunting, trapping and fishing for fun. A percentage of the wild animal population is specifically mandated to be killed. Hunters want us to believe that killing animals equals population control equals conservation, when in fact hunting causes overpopulation of deer, the hunters’ preferred victim species, destroys animal families, and leads to ecological disruption as well as skewed population dynamics.
Because state wildlife agencies are primarily funded by hunters and other wildlife killers, programs are in place to manipulate habitat and artificially bolster “game” populations while ignoring “non-game” species. These programs lead to overpopulation and unbalanced ecosystems by favoring “buck only” hunts, pen-raising pheasants and other birds as living targets for hunters, transporting wild turkeys, raccoons and other species across state’s lines to boost populations for hunters and trappers to kill, and by exterminating predators such as wolves and mountain lions, in order to increase “prey” animals like elk and deer to then justify hunting as needed for “population control.”
Hunting contributes to species extinction
Hunting has contributed to the historical extinction of animal species all over the world, including the Southern Appalachian birds, the passenger pigeon and the Carolina parakeet (the only member of the parrot family native to the eastern United States), the eastern elk, the eastern cougar, the Tasmanian tiger and the great auk.
Wildlife as “crop”
Wildlife managers and hunters treat wild animals like a crop, of which a percentage can be “harvested” annually – to them, wild animals are no different than a field of wheat. This “selective” science, with its exclusive focus on numbers to be killed, ignores the science that shows that nonhumans, just like humans, have the same capabilities to experience emotions, and that they have families and other social associations built on multi-leveled relationships.
Natural carnivores are the real ecosystem managers
While hunters and so-called wildlife professionals pretend to have control over ecosystems and the animals they kill, natural predators such as wolves, mountain lions and bears are the real ecosystem managers, if allowed to survive naturally. For instance, the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park (YNP) caused “ripple effects” throughout the ecosystem, with an increase in ‘biodiversity,’ including a higher occurrence of beavers, several bird and plant species, and natural habitat and stream recovery.