"This summer, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club warned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that its decision to not add the Florida black bear to the Endangered Species list will lead to litigation. The anti’s contend that the Florida black bear is a distinct sub-species of the North American black bear and thus deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This tactic of splitting one species into many closely related but different sub-species is repeatedly attempted by anti-hunting groups in order to have animals placed on the Endangered Species list and thus made off-limits to hunting. In reality, healthy populations of the Florida black bear can be found in neighboring states." US Sportsmens Alliance
I mentioned that increasing the number of hunters is an important goal for the hunting community. The above paragraph is one of the reasons why this is so. The antis are depleting agency funds by forcing it to have to litigate its decisions in court. The more money wildlife agaecies spend in court the less monsy available for wildlife related purposes - and the more money the agencies need to operate.
With the number of hunters declining over the past 2 decades (hunters supply the majority of funding to willdlife agencies) the more pressure there is for the agencies to look for other sources of funding - non-hunters. The bigger role non-hunters play in fudning wildlife agencies the more say they will want to have in how the agencies spend their funds. Pressure may be applied to remove hunting from certain areas, or eliminamte hunting from certain areas. They may even pressure agencies to explore alternate means of controling game populations other than the use of hunting.
My point is EDUCATE others - hunters and non-hunters about the benefits of hunting and bring more hunters into the fold. The more people that understand the benefits that hunting brings to all flora and fauna, to our country's conservation efforts, and to helping keep a balanced eco-system the more we secure the tradition of hunting during uncertain times.