The benefits of hunting extend well beyond deer and agriculture. Florida and Louisiana have about the same number of alligators, but Florida faces a problem Louisiana doesn’t: alligator attacks on humans. Alligators grow over their lives and can live to be over a100 years old. As they age their means of sustenance changes. A four foot alligator will eat fish and frogs. A twelve foot one will eat deer, dogs, and even people. Hunting keeps the number of these largest alligators in check.You know, on another subject entirely, not to diss NRO and the mainline conservatives, but I'm getting a bit tired of the constant implication that we "fringe" libertarian/conservatives ought to look into our hearts and at least consider a Rudy or a Mitt. Read my lips...on the only issue that matters to me, there appears to be no difference between Mitt, Rudy and the Hillary-Beast. If that's my choice, I stay home and take my chances on the Dems. At least I know where they're coming from.
Cougar hunting produces similar benefits. When young male cougars mature they are forced out of the dominant male cougar’s territory or they risk being killed. In California, where hunting has been banned since an initiative 1990, this is increasingly forcing them into human populated areas.
Preventing hunting also has another downside. It causes these dangerous wild animals to lose their fear of humans. In turn, they adapt to their surroundings, treating humans as just another vulnerable food source, and increasing the likelihood that they will attack.
Want me to support Mitt and/or Rudy? All they've got to do is pass the litmus test, and I've got it boiled down to one simple question...answer "YES" and I'm with you 100%:
If you are elected President, do you agree to unconditionally oppose up to and including a Presidential veto any legislation aimed at banning or limiting law-abiding citizens' access to currently unregulated firearms and firearm parts, including so-called "assault weapons," so-called "high-capacity magazines" and so-called "sniper rifles?"
Golly gosh gee, how hard can that be?