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Is Pest Control the Future of Hunting?

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Is Pest Control the Future of Hunting?

As more gardens are gobbled up and more BMW bumpers are bloodied, public opinion continues to shift in favor of hunting.
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David Von Drehle recently wrote a great article for Time magazine titled “America’s Pest Problem: Time to Cull the Herd.” In the article, Von Drehle explains how many wild game populations have boomed back since the mid-1900s (for example, the American alligator population has increased by 400 percent, whitetails are up 800 percent, and Canada geese are up 370 percent) and now those extra critters are causing problems in urban and suburban areas.

“We have too many wild animals — from swine to swans,” Von Drehle writes. “Whether you’re a Walmart employee in Florida wondering what to do with the alligator at your door, a New Yorker with a hawk nesting on your high-rise or an Ohio golfer scattering a flock of Canada geese, you now live, work and play in closer proximity to untamed fauna than any other generation of Americans in more than a century.”

Incredibly, Von Drehle’s solution to the “pest problem” isn’t relocation, or contraception, or higher fences for gardens and bear-proof garbage cans. His solution is hunting.

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