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RE: NFC: hunting pen raised pheasants

Hello All

My 2 cents

Has any one considered that maybe the "farm / pen raised" animals that
have such low survival rates after being released into the "wild"
parallels the survival rates of the wild hatch to adult survival rate.
Pen / farm raised animals can be considered pampered compared to wild
raised animals.  In the pen we want everything to live.  The rules for
survival of the fittest parameters in the pen / farm are therefore
totally different versus the rules for survival of the fittest
parameters in the wide open wild conditions.

Just a thought


	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Scott Doe [SMTP:scottdoe at hotmail_com]
	Sent:	Saturday, November 07, 1998 11:57 AM
	To:	nfc at actwin_com
	Subject:	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 <mailto:CEFCHURCH at aol_com> 
		>Date:	Fri, 6 Nov 1998 18:26:18 EST
		>To:	nfc at actwin_com <mailto:nfc at actwin_com> 
		>Subject:	NFC: hunting pen raised pheasants
		>Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com <mailto:nfc at actwin_com> 
		>Apologies is advance for non-hunters.
		>Indiana has release hunts for pen raised pheasants.  I
went with an old boss >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 her >thoughts as being, "Boy,
are these stupid birds."
		>According to the DNR, those birds not harvested by
hunters or dogs only  rarely >survive more than a few weeks.
		>Chuck Church
		>Indianapolis, Indiana USA

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