[CT Birds] hunting Grouse - you agree?
jbserena at comcast.net
jbserena at comcast.net
Tue Jun 23 13:42:51 EDT 2009
Without taking a position regarding grouse hunting in the state, I think you're making an assumption about population dynamics that is often inaccurate. If you take an individual bird out of a population by hunting (or any predation), it doesn't necessarily mean that there will be one less bird in the population on an on-going basis. If habitat availability already restricts the population to a level below the reproduction rate of the bird, shooting a bird doesn't matter. It simply opens up a bit of habitat to be occupied by another individual. I'm oversimplifying here, but I'm guessing this is the basic argument being made by DEP with regard to the ruffed grouse.
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To: Maleski at msn.com
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Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:10:11 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [CT Birds] hunting Grouse - you agree?
Dear Mr Maleski
I believe you see my point here as disliking hunters. This is not true. I am saying the State, not the hunters are doing something that should be stopped, and that is, to take the Grouse off the acceptable hunting list for the State. One reason is, they are on the States "Special Concern list" and I, as well as many others who are bird watchers, believe they should be protected for this alone. Another reason is, They are not common nor abundant, and taking even one bird out of the depleted population surely doesn't help their chances of reproducing. The third point is, The growing numbers of Bird watchers in this country, and our State, would also like to see one of these hard to find birds, and once again, shooting a Grouse makes for one less bird to be seen. Shouldn't the bird watching population also have a right to see a Grouse, and while doing so, not kill it?
Once again, I am not picking on hunters or even hunting. The need for hunting of over populated or abundant species, such as deer, helps their population to become healthy and stay that way. But when a species has dwindled down consistently, as you agree Grouse have, might it not be prudent to curtail hunting of that species till they show a comeback in numbers and become at least common once again? Seems like a no brain-er to me...........
Does anyone out there agree with me? Please, lets hear from you here........
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