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Editorial: No Predator Hunt in Arizona

Editorial: No predator hunting in Arizona possible

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Nov 08, 2017

The anti-hunting, animal rights organizations, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), are proposing a ballot measure to try and end the hunting of mountain lions, bobcats and other predators in Arizona.

It’s not surprising, since those groups don’t care at all about predators, but do want to stop all hunting, and that is a path that they feel may be feasible. It worked here in California for mountain lions, but we don’t think it will be so easy in Arizona.

The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF), along with all other wildlife organizations, opposes the proposed ballot initiative, and believe that wildlife populations should not be managed by ballot initiatives, which is logical. But animal-rights groups aren’t logical.

State wildlife agencies, especially the Arizona Game & Fish Department, have a great track record of managing wildlife species. Predators can have a dramatic impact on the populations of their prey items. Mountain lions, bobcats and other predators need to be managed at a level that balances their populations with big game population levels.

We’ve already seen the impact of Prop. 117 banning the hunting of mountain lions here in California: It’s costing us tens of millions of dollars a year, mountain lion populations continue to expand — even into habited areas — and pet and livestock damage continues to rise. Deer populations are also suffering.

“Professionals in the wildlife agency need to manage all wildlife, including predators. The Humane Society of the United States, an animal rights organization, and other anti-hunting groups are only concerned with stopping hunting and not the health of all wildlife populations,” said Miles Moretti, President/CEO of the Mule Deer Foundation. “We have seen these groups attempt their ballot initiatives in several states. They won’t stop trying to meet their goal of ending all hunting.”

We urge anyone who knows anyone in Arizona to explain the ramifications of protecting one species over another, and the importance of overall wildlife management through professionals, not anti-hunting zealots who know nothing whatsoever about wildlife management.

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