New endangered species: Oregon hunters, anglers
Chances are you don't hunt or fish. Fewer than one in 10 Oregonians hunt. Less than one in five of us fish. Those who do are vanishing faster here than almost anywhere else.
Your chances of being a hunter/angler are better if you read this blog because you are clearly better than the average Oregonian.
So what? you might say. Fewer wild animals are getting killed.
But hunters and anglers foot much of the bill for wildlife in Oregon, paying through their license fees to buy and restore wildlife habitat and for biologists to undertake duties such as dealing with bats infiltrating your attic.
"Frequently the people who want help are not hunters," said Ron Anglin, head of the wildlife division at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. "People have the mistaken notion that they're paying for the agency through their tax dollars, and that's generally not the case."
Instead, "the hunter carries the burden for all these other people who enjoy our wildlife."
PETA does not protect the animals in Oregon, the Sierra Club does not protect the environment in Oregon, Tre Arrow doesn't save Oregon's forests, it's the true conservationists who do that!
The people who enjoy our woods, lakes and rivers. The people who know that a trout or a turkey can be a worthy opponent. They manage the environment because they appreciate it. And it does need managing rather than "protecting."
This Fishwrapper article is written from the enviro-wackalist point of view but the fact that this tradition is dying out should be a concern to us.
It's a new year, go get your license(s) and take your kids hunting or fishing.