Maybe the team responsible for the conservation project over in Sweden should sue for damages if a conviction is made. Say the scheme cost a miilion pounds this year and they got a hundred young fledged then compensation of at least 10,000 quid should be demanded from the perpetrator, on top of their conviction of course.
That might make the trigger happy baffoons sit up and take notice that this sort of nonsense won't be tolerated.
We're seeing a very graphic image of where we'd shove that shotgun!!!
Wildlife has to be given some sort of financial value, after all it is tax payer's money and/or public donations that fund these projects, In fact wildlife does already have a financial value but too many people don't or won't recognise the fact. Think of all those tourist pounds wildlife brings in, healthy ecosystems can save billions of pounds on flood defences etc etc
Actually we think we might try and make some money out of wildlife - no not by taking people to look at it - you only get paid peanuts for that; taking rich people to kill it that's where the big money is...sick.
So what we're going to do is use our life savings to buy 100 Gazelles, we're going to keep them in a little yard and fatten them up. Later on we'll turn them out in some fields near here, perhaps near the nature reserve there's some nice fields over there with some bits of scratty hedge. Once they've been out for a week or so we'll invite a couple of oil princes and a merchant banker or two to come and have some fun with them (= kill them), at a small fortune per person of course - oh and to make it a bit harder we'll have someone in the field waving flags to make them run round a bit.
Sounds like a great business plan to me should be earning a fortune this time next year - when can we start - anyone got any Gazelles going spare? If we can't get Gazelles we'll just have to 'farm' native Roe Deer, you know burn some strips of grass, kill off a few wolves...oh we already did that one...
Where to next? With slightly improving weather the Patches should be back in play.
In the meantime let us know if you've got any bright ideas for the wildlife in your outback.