While the rise in elephant populations across Botswana should be prized as the epitome of a conservation success story, the country finds itself being criticized by the same ideology plaguing wildlife management efforts in North America.
Word on the street says that hunting is on a national downward trend. That “word” clearly hasn’t reached the hillside haunts of New Hampshire, as thousands of Granite State hunters and trappers still take to the woods each spring and fall to take part in the outdoor pastimes that have been integral to rural New England life.
Just as the acorn mast abundance of two years ago drove a rodent explosion last year, I’m confident the expansion in rodent presence will drive a “cyclical boom” in New England’s predatory species this year.
Collectively, we don’t seem to be shocked by the presence of other wild species such as raccoons, skunks, and opossums roaming the back alleys of concrete and brick - but the coyote’s presence seems to catch the attention of the public and professionals in far greater numbers; and far greater curiosity.
Thanks to my experience as a licensed trapper, I know that this time of year the odds are particularly good for Virginia Opossums (Didelphis virginiana) to be carrying around a litter of newborn young in their pouches.