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Originally posted by Golf66
This is what I was addressing earlier; we created a problem in the eco system in the first place by encroaching on all the apex predators’ areas. Not that we need to change that or whatever like some Agenda 21 BS just a fact of life we need room.
However, now we will necessarily have to assume the role of the apex predator or the herds will suffer in many ways. I leave the predators alone; I lose a chicken to a hawk now and then and every once in a while one to an owl. I tend to leave them alone because without them the mouse population around here would be out of control.
Even heard about a few bobcats and once a black bear in the area – I would never kill one unless absolutely necessary. Hell, even if I lost stock I’d rather that as long as it wasn’t excessive and I could scare them off rather than kill them.
Likewise we created other problems like in the south with feral hogs - just regular hogs got free somehow and mixed with wild boar. Now the agressiveness of the smaller wild boar is mixed with the large frame of the domestic hog - not a good combination.
They breed fast and are very destructive to crops and farmland - almost can't kill them fast enough. Some places the wildlife management just rounds them up at feed sites 15-20 at a time and takes them to the slaughterhouse and donates to the needy.
There was a good line in the 1990s TV show "Northern Exposure".
One of the characters was asked about how it feels to kill something as a hunter.
the character replied:
"The killing was the best part. It was the dying I couldn't take."
Our animalistic side of us still may get a thrill from the kill (probably back to our hunt for survival days), but our emotional side of us finds it hard to watch something die without feeling some form of compassion.
I was not preaching "feel goodisms" to hunters with the quote from the TV show -- I was just simply stating that all humans (you, me, and most everyone else with the right amount of chromosomes) have an animalistic side that still feels a thrill for killing for survival's sake AND the side that feels some form -- and I did use the phrase "some form" on purpose -- of compassion for the animal.
Originally posted by SouthernPride
reply to post by SaturnFX
Fishing is the other kind of hunting, so why do you fish?