Manatee Captures

A few weeks ago I accompanied the wildlife society student chapter at UF, to Crystal River. There we assisted several agencies with the catch and release of manatees for research purposes.

The manatee captures stared off by an educational meeting reviewing the habitats and the importance of maintaining these habitats for manatee populations.

Next we boated out to a cove where we swung a large net into the water. One end was connected to shore while the other was attached to a boat. The boat would make a semicircle with the shore around some manatees.

The crew on land would then pull the 1000 pound animals onto shore. This was no small feat; especially since in the first cast we caught 3 manatees. Two of which were a cow calf pair. We would then maneuver the manatees on to stretcher and relocated them to the other side of the cove were we would perform “work-ups”.

This consisted of weighing, measuring length and girth, flippers, oxygen and CO2 levels. Taking blood work and biopsies samples for genetic research. All of these things and more were performed on each animal.

We would then release them back into the water and catch some more. This was an exhilarating experience that I would definitely volunteer for again.

Author: Ashley Summers Tyer

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Hunting

 

I hunt no more to kill animals than I garden to kill cabbages.

V. Giest

 

 

Majority of people are non-hunters, hunters and anti-hunters actually make up the minority see below:

 

 

My permit to hunt on my own land is an ANNUAL association fee of $ 120.00. This money goes directly back into the land to improve habitat for all species including non-game species.  Hunting costs money this money helps conservation and the economy: hunting gear, fishing, fishing gear, guns, outfits, gas, food, beer, dog collars, vet bills, ammo, Wal-Mart during hunting season. Hunting helps out the economy is such a tremendous way.

read becompto90 blog “DU and Conservation Efforts”  for more info.

 

Many people, especially in central and south FL hunt hogs. Hogs are invasive species; thus hunters are actually decreasing the invasive species epidemic throughout the US.

 

Letting deer populations rise above carrying capacity by restricting hunting or killing off the wolves, actually prevents regeneration in forests. The resulting implications are astronomical. Deer and other herbivores need to be kept in check by hunters in order to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

 

There is a term called a harvestable surplus. These numbers are actually calculated by paid wildlife biologists. These numbers represents the number of individuals in a population, given survivor rates and other factors, that will die regardless of who or what killed them. These numbers determine rules, regulations, bag limits, seasons, size, gender and more. There is an actual science behind the idea hunting. People that are against it should look into the facts before taking a side.

 

 

If hunting were stopped there could be unseen implications. know implications are laid out in the following slide:

People that use the argument that hunting is dangerous, once again have failed to do their research.

 

 

If the minority had their way, they would actually be contributing to the recession, over surplus of deer; resulting in a homogeneous environment lack biodiversity and species richness.

 

all sides are credited to  a wildlife professor at the University of FL. Dr. Bill Giuliano, undergraduate program coordinator.

 

Author: Ashley Summers Tyer