To many, the idea that you would kill certain animals to save them seems preposterous. But in fact, according to wildlife experts, such culling of a species through hunting or other means is a vital tool in conservation management. This can be seen, for example, with respect to the outbreak of squirrel pox in Scotland. The spread of this deadly virus by Grey squirrels, which are immune to the virus, has already been detected in endangered Red squirrels. And unless efforts to eliminate large numbers of infected Grey’s are undertaken, many of the Red’s will suffer horribly from ulcers, lesions, and other symptoms which typically kill the animals in 15 days. Here’s hoping public sentiments won’t go nuts over this squirrel-culling issue.

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