Texas hunting group auctioning off a chance to kill an endangered black rhino

“First and foremost, this is about saving the black rhino,” Ben Carter, the executive director of the Dallas Safari Club, said in a statement. “There is a biological reason for this hunt, and it’s based on a fundamental premise of modern wildlife management: populations matter; individuals don’t. By removing counterproductive individuals from a herd, rhino populations can actually grow.”

[Via ABC News][1]

This isn’t the first time this has occurred to me, but if there actually are any reasonable firearms enthusiasts in Texas it must be quite frustrating to be associated with every gun-loving Texan who has been in the news ever.
[1]: http://abcnews.go.com/US/hunting-club-auctioning-off-permit-hunt-endangered-rhino/story?id=20697931

As I understand it, sanctioned hunts are essential to conservation in Africa. The herds of animals have a finite amount of land and resources to live on. If they over grow those resources they either starve or start to encroach on unprotected land where villagers will kill and poison animals that damage their crops. The money they get from the hunts goes to pay for the rangers to patrol for poachers, And finally, usually the meat from the animal is given away to the locals. Taking out an older male won’t be detrimental to the population.

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