Friday, September 07, 2007
Puma unethically killed by Arizona Game and Fish
Who's responsible? AGFD director Duane Shroufe, second from left holding decoy
Why was this puma killed? AGFD, a part of Gov. Napolitano's administration, says he ate some bighorn sheep.
What's a hungry lion to do? Pumas and bighorn have always co-existed within a healthy web-of-life.
Even in the Lower Colorado River region of the Sonoran Desert, where there are maybe five pumas around the huge Kofa NWR (know locally as the Yuma Puma due to the distinct low desert population) AGFD under Yuma region supervisor Larry Voyles prefers to kill pumas and try to force single-species bighorn 'game farm' management on the Kofa NWR.
To hell with the ecosystem, just grow more bighorn to translocate and shoot, says AGFD.
Bighorn hunt permits can sell for a lot of money, sometimes over $100,000.
The Bush/Cheney US Fish and Wildlife (dis)Service, which is responsible for the Kofa NWR has been happy to let AGFD run roughshod over ecosystem management.
AGFD wants to collar more pumas in and around the Kofa NWR, but conservation groups are saying 'no way'.
These GPS collars aren't being used by AGFD for research or good science, they are used as tracking devices so pumas can be easily found and killed. Under the current unethical management of AGFD and FWS, putting a collar on a Yuma Puma is a death sentence.
As a true conservation-minded traditional hunter, I am outraged at the immoral killing of this puma by AGFD, and you should be too.
Shame on Arizona Game and Fish on this issue.