TIME’s recent cover story makes the case that more hunting is the only way to control resurgent populations of deer, bears, raccoons and other overpopulated wildlife.
Though Americans nearly wiped out many of these species 50 years ago, conservation laws have now brought wildlife back to levels where they once again threaten our peaceful coexistence.
TIME’s David Von Drehle writes: “The same environmental sensitivity that brought Bambi back from the brink now makes it painfully controversial to do what experts say must be done: a bunch of these critters need to be killed…. Whether we hoist the gun or draw the bowstring—or simply acknowledge the facts of nature that require these things to be done—it’s time to shake off sentimentality and see responsible hunting through 21st century eyes. The legacy of indiscriminate 19th century slaughter is not a burden for today’s hunters to carry. Instead, they are an important part of the ecosystem America has successfully nursed back from the brink. By shouldering the role of careful, conservation-minded predators, hunters make the coexistence of humans and wildlife sustainable.”
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