I agree with you Pine Tree; however, the article seems to confirm my fears that regardless of the impact raptors have on our small game population, the political issues involved with set seasons for raptors would be extremely challenging and very difficult with today's social environment. My grandfather's generation had a difficult enough time protecting their chickens from the raptors even without the treaties in place.
Ever wonder what would happen if enough Farmers, Game Farms and Shooting Preserve owners applied for a Depredation Permit? After all their farms are their lively hood. The latest
on the Amish Farmer can be found here:
Pennsylvania Depredation Code:
North Carolina's Depredation Code:
[Summary of North Carolina's Depredation Code]
Wildlife Depredation refers to wildlife causing property damage. Depredation wildlife may be taken both with and without a permit under certain conditions. How one should dispose of the wildlife taken as a result of depredation depends on the species taken and whether or not a Depredation Permit was issued.
Wildlife Taken with a Depredation Permit:
A state Depredation Permit is required for taking wildlife causing damage except under the conditions mentioned above. The only exception is that pigeons, starlings, and English sparrows do not require a state permit. To obtain a depredation permit, contact the Division of Wildlife Management Office (919) 707-0050, your local Wildlife Biologist, Enforcement Officer, or any one of the over 160 licensed commercial Wildlife Damage Control Agents in the state. Contact your local Cooperative Extension Office, Division of Wildlife Management, or click on the following link for a current list of Wildlife Damage Control Agents.
Depredation Permits are free of charge. (Wildlife Damage Control Agents are not officials of the Wildlife Commission and may charge for their time associated with a wildlife damage investigation or animal removal) Each permit must be issued to the landholders but a second party may be listed to actually take the wildlife causing damage. Permits will list species, county, specific location, property damaged, number to taken, expiration date, method used, and other restrictions. You should ask the issuing party about proper disposal of the animals taken under a Depredation Permit if not shown under other restrictions on the permit itself.
Depredation Permits for Big Game species, endangered, threatened, or special concern will only be issued by an official of the Wildlife Resources Commission. Wildlife Damage Control Agents are not allowed to issue permits for these species. Big Game taken under a Depredation Permit must be reported on the form provided.