It is no secret that not all hunters hunt predators and those that do, seem to get frowned upon by the general population of non-hunters (ignorant population).
I can’t count how many times a non-hunter has asked, “Why do you shoot those poor bobcats and coyotes?”
I use to really have trouble with finding an intelligent answer and quite frankly, I would leave the conversation feeling ignorant and embarrassed. So, over the years I have really made an attempt to absorb every piece of information I have found, in order to give them a short intelligent fact filled answer.
A few answers that I rely on:
- Humans have changed the landscape/ecosystem so much that our predator to prey population trends can no longer maintain a consistent balance. Predators (especially coyotes) tend to have large litters and they adapt very well to urban environments. In contrast Mule Deer, Pronghorn, and other big game prey species typically have one or two young and they do not adapt very well to an urban environment. These factors cause big game prey species populations to struggle and predator populations to maintain or gain.
- Humans were CREATED as a PREDATOR. These facts make us compete with all other predators and it is not our fault that we were created at the top of the food chain. With that being said, we were created as the most intelligent creature on earth and most of us have learned that we do not want to hunt other predators to extinction, thus our states have management plans to regulate predator hunting. Bottom line, I like to eat wild game meat, so if I shoot a few predators, maybe I will be able to draw that one extra pronghorn tag that was created because he did not get eaten by another predator.
- Animals were put here on this earth (not the earth from your fairy tale) for us humans to use as tools for survival. Bobcats, Foxes, Coyotes and other fur bearing animals do provide humans with warm garments. During the winter, these animals are skinned and sold to buyers who in turn sell them on an open LEGAL market. The carcasses of these animals are placed back in the field and provide food for ravens, birds of prey, rodents, insects and even other predators of their own species. THIS ISN’T DISNEY WORLD, this is reality and the relatives of these dead animals aren’t picky, THEY EAT EACHOTHER.
Again, these are just a few ideas for you to think about. We hope they have you thinking about what you can and will say the next time you get put on the spot about predator hunting.
If you have any other comments, ideas or thoughts please feel free to share.