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Why we kill predators.

posted Aug 24, 2014, 11:02 PM by Scott Slocum   [ updated Aug 25, 2014, 8:04 AM ]
There are a lot of reasons for killing large predators (like wolves, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, cougars, bears).
Here's a collection of videos in which people explain why they do.
Some of them are excerpted, to skip the "beefcake." Some of them include critical commentary. It depends on how hard they tried to obscure their answer to the question "why do you kill predators?".


1) Why we kill predators:
  • Only when necessary, to protect livestock.




2) Why we kill predators:
  • Because our job is to provide more deer for hunting.
  • Because when you look in a coyote's eyes, you see pure evil (03:21).

Excerpts from "Damage Control: Coyote Trapping - The Management Advantage #59."
Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
Barbour County State Wildlife Management Area, Alabama, USA.

Original video: http://youtu.be/Ys5NMNI5L84
Video excerpts and comments: http://youtu.be/3t24XK9x4rw
Excerpts and comments by Scott Slocum.




3) Why we kill predators:
  • Because I'm a hunter. Because of the way I feel.
  • Because I want to protect the elk and deer.

Excerpts from the TV series "On Your Own Adventures with Randy Newberg."
Season 4 (2012), Episode 6 "Montana Wolf, part 2."

Original video: http://www.carbontv.com/videos/kwNmMwZTqyg-YARRrnNOz6fR_pJb5oRl
Video excerpts and comments: http://youtu.be/aiu60N6RjYc
Excerpts and comments by Scott Slocum.




Trailcam photo of a coyote. From "Damage Control: Coyote Trapping - The Management Advantage #59"