This is in response to Mr. Wilson's naive remarks on May 19 and to all the people who believe, if you hunt, you somehow hate animals or lack respect for nature. "If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the gods must clearly smile on hunting." — Aristotle
I am a nature lover, tree-hugger and a certified arborist; I also hunt and fish. I plant hundreds of trees each year on my property and others'. I stop my truck on the back roads to move box turtles out of the way or shoo snakes off the road. I tirelessly feed wildlife, game and non-game species. These are the things I teach my sons, not the senseless killing you describe. Henry David Thoreau said, "When some of my friends have asked me anxiously about their boys, whether they should let them hunt, I have answered, yes — remembering that it was one of the best parts of my education — make them hunters."
I spend hundreds of dollars each year on licenses to hunt and fish. Part of that money goes to preserve land; this land provides habitat for more than just game species. Walk through one of our forests or nature preserves and see how many other species benefit from these areas. If Mr. Wilson is the nature lover he says he is, I am sure he has also enjoyed these areas. But I wonder what he is truly contributing to the cause.
I am deeply concerned about threatened and en-dangered species, and I know that habitat destruction has caused far more extinctions than modern, regulated hunting. I believe what we need more of is cooperation. Nature lovers need to put aside their differences and work together to preserve our wildlife and the habitat they need.