Hunting is a major part in wildlife conservation. Hunters spend billions of dollars a year on equipment, licenses, hotel rooms, gasoline, air travel, ammunition and so much more. The dollars generated by hunters licenses and tax goes directly toward wildlife projects, animal transplants, conservation studies, radio collaring for animal migration data, endangered species protection efforts, etc. These dollars pay for biologist time, efforts and expertise to the preservation of wildlife and their habitats. Legal and managed hunting is an integral part of maintaining sustainable herd populations.
When people make statements about anti hunting and killing animals it is typically in ignorance and because of misinformation. I have been in the hunting world most of my life and personally seen and experienced the wonderful things hunters have done for wildlife. Hunters are the true conservationist and put their money where their mouth is. The VAST majority of wildlife projects are funded and completed by hunters donations, dollars and license sales. Without hunting we would have little to no wildlife. Hunters are the first conservationists.
Threats against anyone is uncalled for and childish, but when it is against a 12 year child it becomes even more despicable. This child was raised in an environment to love and respect wildlife and to also understand the important role hunters play in the long term health of any herd. Those that are threatening this child are portraying her as a blood thirsty killer….. isn’t it ironic the very people calling this murder are threatening this child’s life?
Jeff Flocken of the International Animal Welfare Fund was briefly quoted saying, “It’s 2016, we do not have to kill an animal to save it.”
It is this mindset that shows a complete lack of understanding on who the true conservationist are. People Like Jeff spend their money trying to stop people like Aryanna from spending their money to conserve wildlife. If the anti hunters and animal rights groups spent the money on wildlife that they waste trying to shut down actual conservation efforts, we could all work together on real wildlife conservation.
Watch ABC NEWS 4 report on The Big Outdoors defense of Aryanna Gourdin and other wildlife conservationist like her.