Letter: Few resources little sympathy

Whatever the sum of the strategy and tactics necessary to rebuild a lion population, money will be the kicker, writes Barry Brandow.

Cecil the lion has certainly generated a lot of buzz and anger at trophy hunting but as expected the story that will determine the future of the African lion has been conveniently ignored.

An intelligent debate would start with a review of former CBS Sixty Minutes’ reporter Bob Simon’s clip a few years ago in which he asked the question “Does the African lion have a future?”

The essence of Bob’s story was the lion population was in serious decline because they were being poisoned!

Not hard to figure, subsequent to Cecil, a lion killed an African tourist guide connected to the same lion pride.

Savannah Guthrie, the NBC news broadcaster on the morning Today Show, interviewed a scientist who claimed he had been involved with a significant number of lion studies.

The scientist did not criticize the trophy hunt as Savannah had expected but made the point that he wanted to support an initiative to help rebuild the lion population that had declined from 400,000 to 33,000.

Whatever the sum of the strategy and tactics necessary to rebuild a lion population, money will be the kicker so is the trophy hunt part of the problem or part of the solution. After all, African economies have little resources for conservation and little sympathy for the lion!

Barry Brandow, Grand Forks


Just Posted

Castlegar daycare selected for univeral child care pilot program

MLA Katrine Conroy presents letter of acceptance to the program to the Children’s Centre at Selkirk College

Kootenay employers ready to meet job seekers at Black Press career fair

Dozens of companies will attend the event on Nov. 15 at the Ktunaxa Nation Building in Cranbrook

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

UPDATE: Police seek witnesses in Castlegar road rampage

Lake Country man faces 13 charges, including robbery, dangerous driving, flight from police, assault with a weapon, theft, and drug charges.

From the Hill: The successes and failures of the Elections Modernization Act

Richard Cannings writes about Bill C-76 in From the Hill.

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Kuhnhackl scores 2 odd goals as Isles dump Canucks 5-2

Vancouver drops second game in two nights

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Most Read