So don’t turn your back on the wildlife who have nowhere to run
You know their life has just one run
It’s time to wake up you’re mind
Oh yeah yeah For maybe tomorrow will never come or maybe it will but by then you leave it to fate.
Then there’s nothing left to do but cry
So then when you cry you then know you left it to late.
Say NO to hunting in National Parks!
Come to a rally organised by Blue Mountains Conservation Society and the National Parks Association
CARRINGTON PLACE, KATOOMBA (in front of Carrington Hotel)
Sunday 15th July at 11 am
The Premier Barry O’Farrel of NSW has broken his promise to keep recreational shooters out of our National Parks!
The Bill that has been passed by parliament only specifically excludes 48 of our metropolitan national parks and other types of reserves, along with wilderness and world heritage areas. This leaves a huge number of our reserves at risk of being opened to hunting.
Speakers will include conservation groups, animal welfare groups, rangers and park staff.
Join us to send the Premier and Blue Mountains MP Roza Sage a strong message that we will NOT stand for KILLING in our National Parks.
So don’t turn your back on the wildlife who have nowhere to run You know their life has just one time to run :Davie
P.S. Please forward details to friends, colleagues and networks. Like NPA’s facebook page or visit www.nohunting.com.au
Contact Lachlan Garland
Blue Mountains Conservation Society
Chief Executive Officer
National Parks Association of NSW
Ad hoc recreational hunting such as that practiced in NSW state forests breaches protocols in virtually every way. There are no defined control objectives, no assessment of whether ground shooting is an effective and appropriate method for the purpose, no integration with other programs, no quality control, no monitoring. What if there is an accident You might be riding your bike or just bush walking
Population biology explains why recreational hunting is generally ineffective. Many invasive animals have a very high potential for population growth, which means that a large proportion of their young normally die (the ‘doomed surplus’), because there are not enough resources for all that are born (unless they are spreading into new territory or resources are unusually abundant). They also die from disease and predation. Of feral pigs studied in Kosciuszko National Park, about 85% died within their first year and 95% by four years.4 Only 1-10% of rabbits usually survive their first year.
Unless hunters kill more feral animals than can be replaced each year, they do not reduce their populations. A feral animal killed by a hunter is likely to be either part of the doomed surplus, destined to die anyway, or quickly replaced by another that would otherwise have died. Most foxes killed by recreational hunters, for example, are juveniles.
Why recreational hunting is generally not effective
Especially after a beer or two as there are no controls
Feral animals are typically highly fecund and many populations are saturated with a large ‘doomed surplus’ (who would normally die due to lack of resources), which enables them to quickly replace animals killed by hunters.
Ground shooting (even using skilled shooters) is not an effective means of primary control for most feral animals and according to government standards should only be used as part of coordinated programs, usually as a supplement to other methods.
Hunting in NSW state forests is ad hoc with no specific environmental goals, planning or monitoring. The licensing system deliberately spreads hunters out (at most 1 hunter/400 ha) limiting their capacity to exert pressure in any one area.
Hunters often prefer to kill large trophy males, which makes little contribution to control because in polygamous species such as deer, pigs and goats the remaining males can inseminate all the females.
Hunters are often motivated to maintain feral animal populations for future hunting, leaving young and females.
Hunters have highly variable skill levels (no skills tests are conducted for licensing) – in 2010-11, each hunting day in state forests resulted on average in 0.7 feral animals killed.