Thursday, May 10, 2012

Trappers are sincere

Posted on Thu, May 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM

I came here for a better life—freedom. It is not my wish to oppose any law or the ideas of the people who were born and raised here. I always follow the laws of the land, as long as it won’t harm the place where we live.

My father was a hunter of deer and wild boar when I was growing up in the Philippines. And there was no wildlife management. And through the years, I’ve seen those animals slowly disappear. Now I have been living here in Montana for six years, and I just became naturalized. My husband is a hunter and trapper, but that doesn’t mean he’s got animal cruelty in his blood. As I’ve understood Montana’s wildlife management, it’s only fair to have some form of control of wildlife populations.

Can you imagine living in a place where there is an overpopulation of wild animals that are prone to disease and/or starvation? As we all know, there’s no way these wild animals can use any contraception to control their population, which is why they need our human reason to help them. And humans have come up with management practices like hunting and trapping to control their populations.

I liked it when my husband called Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and asked for the quotas on the animals that he trapped. It shows that FWP, as well as the hunters and trappers, wants to manage the populations so that there are never too many or too little. There is always a cap on the amount harvested to ensure that the animals can maintain healthy populations. I feel that there is always honesty and sincerity in the hearts of trappers and hunters.

Jelly Banquiao


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