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Re: NFC: hunting pen raised pheasants

Sadly the same is true for most rehab animals according to Dr. John 
Whitaker. He told me once that less than a third of the animals that 
people release into the wild survive. Still a third is better than none 
in the case of rehab animals, but in other cases like domesticated 
pheasants we risk ruining native populations. An animal can harbor 
deadly pathogens and not be visibly ill. It would seem that it is 
advisable to only release animals into the wild under extremely 
controled circumstances. For instance avoid treating the animals with 
antibiotics, insure they return to their original population, and 
thoroughly examine each animal prior to release. In this case the only 
danger would be that the first generation (the released animals)might 
not have the skills to survive. Susequent generations would inherit 
genes from their native "pool", and introduced disease would be at a 

>From: CEFCHURCH at aol_com
>Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 18:26:18 EST
>To: nfc at actwin_com
>Subject: NFC: hunting pen raised pheasants
>Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
>Apologies is advance for non-hunters.
>Indiana has release hunts for pen raised pheasants.  I went with an old 
>of mine to one of these hunts along with his very good hunting dog 
Katy.  The
>birds would rarely run or fly and Katy would often "retrieve them" 
before a
>shot was fired.  Being an avid pheasant hunter, Katy's owner described 
>thoughts as being, "Boy, are these stupid birds."
>According to the DNR, those birds not harvested by hunters or dogs only 
>survive more than a few weeks.
>Chuck Church
>Indianapolis, Indiana USA

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