Hunters, ferals & N. parks

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Subject: Hunters, ferals & N. parks
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2006 22:40:24 +1000
When I was in national parks administration (1963-88) it was generally
considered that use of non-employees to hunt feral animals was not
satisfactory.  Apart from some valid objections, such as safety of park
visitors, that have already been raised, private hunters have a vested
interest in seeing that a breeding population always remains to provide
future hunting.

There may well be situations where there would be value in allowing some
initial private hunting, but make it by permit only, not by down-grading the
general prohibition on firearms on the Park.  If appropriate, close the Park
to general visitation for the duration of the permit, as a safety measure.
And if practicable, follow up with control by professional employed staff.

Consider too, that a total prohibition on firearms is easily policed by park
staff.  But allow feral hunting without the need for a permit, and any
poacher of native fauna if found on the park with a firearm has a perfect
excuse unless actually found in possession of protected fauna.

Syd Curtis (Brisbane) 
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