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The New York Times is a typical liberal newspaper. In a recent editorial, they basically blamed hunters and the NRA for nearly wiping out the California condors and then they credit gun control laws in saving the condors.

My college degree is in wildlife management and let me tell you that hunters and fisherman have been the main driving force in the preservation of wildlife and habitat for many years. The California condors were saved by a joint effort of state and federal wildlife agencies and not gun control laws. The editorial blames lead fragments from hunting as the primary cause of the decline of condor numbers, but that is not necessarily accurate as the use of certain agricultural pesticides played a large part in the decline of condor numbers along with other wildlife and fish species. There were also many other factors that impacted the condors.

The majestic, though vulturous, California condor is once again soaring above the wilds. It was on the brink of extinction 30 years ago when the last 22 giant birds were captured in a desperate effort to breed them in captivity. There are now an estimated 450 condors, with 270 freely swooping and scavenging in California, Arizona, Utah and Mexico.

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The condor population could not have rebounded if the California Legislature had not bucked the National Rifle Association and passed an enlightened bill to control what experts found to be the main threat to the condor’s existence — the use of toxic, lead-based ammunition by hunters. It’s a lesson in resistance that lawmakers in Washington should learn…

This editorial is from the same type of ignorant do-gooders who fight effective habitat and wildlife management. I’ve seen these people intentionally remove equipment used to conduct deer censusing because they didn’t have a clue about wildlife management. Besides, do this idiot realize the a portion of the money paid for ammunition, hunting and fishing supplies goes to state and federal wildlife agencies?





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