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April 18, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

End slaughter of state’s wildlife

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Last weekend’s state Wildlife Commission meeting in Las Vegas reflected a continued focus on killing rather than preserving and fostering the state’s wildlife. Eight of the nine commissioners favor skewed statistical analyses to maximize the number of animals available for “harvesting,” their sanitized word for killing. Those eight apparently think of conservation as ensuring enough of a species for recreational killing.

Each county wildlife advisory board is populated only with people holding licenses to kill wildlife. State statute prohibits the rest of us from serving on these boards. These alleged representatives of the state’s general populace don’t reflect our overwhelmingly urban neighborhoods, which are largely opposed to the gratuitous killing.

The state’s wildlife belongs to everyone in the state, not a fringe group that believes they should be able to kill as much of it as they can mange through control of quotas, regulations and killing season length.

When will our state leave the 19th century for the 21st century by representing more than the wildlife killing mentality? Gov. Brian Sandoval and state legislators should make real reform. Let’s end the senseless slaughter of our state’s wildlife. Will they rise to the task?

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  1. As you said it belongs to everyone, not just to the pot smoking hippies from the 60's

  2. "When will our state leave the 19th century .....?"

    Never, unless the 18th century becomes available!

  3. Killing for the "sport" of it is, well, kind of sick, as far as I am concerned. Mounting the heads of dead animals on the wall is a bit gruesome for my tastes. I love watching TV programs that capture animals in the wild but cannot force myself to watch when they show lions, tigers, cheetahs, etc., attack and kill. I know it happens but, yet, it turns my stomach to watch, so I'm quick to change channels. But, for some, it's just the type of "blood sport" they love, much as boxing or ultimate fighting. I do disagree with the writer on one thing: we do not "own" the animals. They are free spirits just as we are and deserve the right to remain so.

  4. Rare thoughtful letter !! Should every bush be pulled from the ground and every animal pluged with lead ?

  5. Most states have hunting laws to manage the game within the state. You do realize if to many animals exist in a given area they start to die from starvation. You like that idea better?

  6. too many predators in Carson City not enough in the mountains and deserts.