Donna's comment on predator control in USA
I find it extremely interesting that we are dealing with the exact same problem here in the US except it is our coyotes, mountain lions and now the wolves that are being viciously hunted, poisoned and trapped. Wolf hunters proudly post gruesome photos of their wolf kills on Facebook and there is nothing we can do about it.
The vast majority of Americans are adamantly opposed to the slaughter yet somehow a small minority of ranchers and sport hunters are able to convince legislators that the hunts are necessary. Hunters are angry because the wolves kill elk (their natural prey) and the hunters have enjoyed an abundance of elk to hunt over the last 100 years since wolves were exterminated by the government in the early 1900's. Now that they are back, thanks to the hard work of real conservationist, the hunters have to actually walk more than 10 feet from their truck to find an elk and they aren't happy. They claim the wolves are decimating the elk herds yet they keep hunting them every chance they get.
Science has proven over and over that wolves manage themselves in relation to their prey base so what this really boils down to is the hunters keep the wildlife officials employed by buying hunting licenses, so who are they going to listen to??
Our only hope to save our precious wildlife is to find a way for those of us who want to see wildlife alive to pay into the system so that we have a voice. I would happily pay $500 or more a year to keep our wildlife safe.
Thank you for all you do for the wildlife in SA. Lions are my favorite animal and to think of them being raised in canned hunting farms only to be killed by a coward with a rifle in a fenced in area with no hope of surviving is sickening.
Our wildlife is under attack everywhere. Rhinos and tigers are on the brink of extinction, thanks to the Chinese, and now they have set their sights on our elephants. Why are we so powerless to stop this? I can only hope we figure it out before it's too late. Just the thought of a world without wild tigers is unbearable.
To end on a positive note, I am traveling to the Masai Mara in Kenya next month and will finally see my beloved big cats up close, wild and free.