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Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northumberland PA USA
Re: Raptors and prey decline.
I don't think that anyone would argue that avian predators don't depress game bird populations, however the issue is a bit more complicated. If you have great habitat the game birds, and non-game birds too, have protection from predators, hence fewer of them will be taken. You could put a bounty on hawks and owls, kill 90% of them, and if you had lousy habitat you'd still have a lot of trouble maintaining a good population of game birds. If I only had a limited amount of time to devote and were given a choice of going out and shooting a few hawks or participating in a habitat improvement program, I'd choose the latter. However, that's just my opinion, and everyone else is certainly entitled to theirs.
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