Australian Bustard Decline (Kimberley)

To: Lawrie Conole <>
Subject: Australian Bustard Decline (Kimberley)
From: Laurie & Leanne Knight <>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 17:57:50 +1000
Lawrie Conole wrote:

> > Whether you give the nod to the hunting/harvesting of a species should
> > depend on how that species is faring.
> I disagree.  It may be that hunting/harvesting might provide the impetus to
> set aside more resources for managing populations upwards.  It might not
> either, but I'm prepared to consider it.

If you hunt a species that is bordering on extinction, you are almost
certainly likely to ensure that species becomes extinct.  How you manage
a species to pull it back from the verge of extinction will vary from
species to species.  Of course if you followed the animal production
approach you'd be harvesting rather than hunting.

> > The issue for we birdwatchers is how our actions are affecting
> > threatened birds.  For example, twitchers who play tapes and disturb
> > sensitive species [such as bristlebirds] or people who scare wildlife
> > away from waterholes or nests are little better than people who go out
> > and shoot birds.
> Is this an oblique shot at my "sitting in the middle of the swamp" remark?

No, just your paranoia showing.

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