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The Foolish Notion of Letting Wildlife Manage Itself

We often hear anti-hunters suggest that nature and wildlife can manage itself, with no human intervention.

Anti-hunters, animal rights wackos and armchair conservationists like to promote the notion that wildlife can manage itself. That is, that no human involvement is necessary or desirable. They suggest that animal populations can and will achieve a state of equilibrium of their own accord. Here's why that is a really bad idea, for wildlife in particular.

Unfortunately, there are few large tracts of wilderness left in the world anymore. Large areas where predators and prey can reproduce and avoid conflicting with humans exist in only a few places on the planet.

In most areas, it is easy for animal populations to get out of control, so to speak, and to either decline precipitously or increase to the point where disease and starvation run rampant. The habitat is simply not large enough to consistently accommodate the rises and declines of wildlife populations that inevitably occur in an open system.

Watch this video about a story in England, where that point was irrefutably proven.

Humans must manage wildlife

If we want a balance of predators and prey in nature, humans must be involved in managing wildlife populations. There's simply no other way. The alternative will result in widespread disease, animal decimation and the possible extirpation of species in certain areas.

Human beings want a balanced natural system, where we are able to enjoy wildlife in numbers for viewing and hunting. Since we have the ability to somewhat control wildlife populations, we should do it for the benefit of both humans and wildlife.

If left to its own devices, nature will always promote an imbalance in wildlife populations. Predators will outnumber prey or vice versa, and some populations will suffer, taking years to recover.

We also cannot deny the role and interest of human beings in the natural system. We are part of the natural system, part of nature. To deny or reject this reality is foolishness of the highest order.

"When animal rights groups such as PETA and Animal Aid say wildlife does not need to be managed," says animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington. "What they are really saying is that there is no need to protect farmer's crops or livestock, that disease should be allowed to spread, and that vulnerable species should be allowed to become extinct."

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