"There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." - Aldo Leopold

Thursday, March 11, 2010

To The Balkans or Whatever

Outside of red stag and wild boars, European hunting doesn't make the print very often - certainly don't read much about the Balkans. So it was kinda neat to run across this article and learn a bit about the wildlife issues over there.

Hunting Surges in Southeast Europe

There are some surprisingly intelligent and thoughtful user comments here - not the norm for articles like this.

Albania is a case where a wildlife management plan - including regulated sporthunting - could go a long way towards providing economic benefits to the community while guarding the biodiversity of the region. The difficulty in implementing a management plan, especially in places where it interferes with sustenance or market hunting, is law enforcement. There probably isn't a whole lot of funding for wildlife officers.

Still, there's a chance the lessons of game management in places like America and Africa can be applied here. And there are examples of wise-minded hunting policy in surrounding nations, such as in Romania.

Anyway, just thought I'd share.

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