Desert cat hunters widen net
FromThe Australiancomes this report that an expert team of Aboriginal hunters is controlling feral cat numbers in the Great Sandy Desert. Ecologist Rachel Paltridge says that the team’s skills may now be deployed in other areas to protect native wildlife. I’m all for killing feral cats, but the cynic in me says that Dr Paltridge may need to speak with fellow scientist Billie Lazenby, who in April reported to theABCthat killing cats only led to more cats. Scientists from theInvasive Species Councilalso reckon that hunting is an ineffective means of controlling feral cat populations. So which is it? I’m confused!
RSPCA calls for an end to pig dogging
In Queensland, the RSPCA has called for an end to hunting pigs with dogs. This article from the ABCreports that the RSPCA says they have “extensive evidence” of hunters not following the rules.
Canine cull canned
Also in Queensland, animal activists have put the kibosh on a hunting competition aimed at culling wild dogs. According to an article in Queensland Country Life, social media hate mail forced organisers to cancel the event.
Deer cull for Kinglake
Accredited hunters from the Australian Deer Association will work with Government authorities to remove deer from the Kinglake National Park. According to an article in The Age, the cull is necessary to protect seedlings planted after the Black Saturday bushfires.
Busy bear hunt
From Florida comes news of a busy opening weekend of the first black bear season in that state for 21 years. This article in The Age reports that hunters knocked over most of the required quota of 320 bears in the first two days. Hunters were happy but it sparked predictable outrage from animal activists.