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If the Japanese Diet Included Deer,
It Might Keep Wolves From the Door

Wall Street Journal, by Chester Dawson

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/29/2012 5:50:11 AM

BUNGO-ONO, Japan—For Yusuke Hashimoto, mayor of this small hamlet in southwestern Japan, desperate times call for desperate measures. The town is one of the country´s top producers of shiitake mushrooms, but they are also popular with local deer. And that´s the rub. "Deer are encroaching on farmers´ ability to make a living," said Mr. Hashimoto, who has become part of a growing movement to reinstate four-legged carnivores to control the herd. Japan´s last native canine—the extinct Canis lupus hodophilax—was killed off in 1905 as national policy. Bringing out a stack of books about wolf folklore, Mr. Hashimoto explained reintroducing wolves

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 12/29/2012 7:45:45 AM     (No. 9088362)

Just make sure that the wolves know that they´re only supposed to eat deer, not livestock, pets, etc. Ask the cattle ranchers in Idaho how that reintroduction is working. Open cows, missing newborn calves. The wolves have proven wrong virtually all the assurances such as limited contact with livestock, approaches to human habitations, etc. The indemnity program is a joke.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: billp, 12/29/2012 8:02:06 AM     (No. 9088391)

This is why peoples from an earlier time killed-off the big predators. They are simply not compatible with humanity - it´s them or us and, in a sane world, people choose people.

Kill and eat the deer - leave the wolves on the ´endangered´ list.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/29/2012 8:18:01 AM     (No. 9088411)

I wonder where that would be. Japan is one country that doesn´t have a South West.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/29/2012 8:45:42 AM     (No. 9088431)

Compared to beef, venison, (deer meat), is a delicacy and better nutritionally.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/29/2012 9:04:29 AM     (No. 9088460)

Problem with hunting venison currently is a little thing called lyme disease. Really bad in the NE part of the country. And I have read somewhere in the recent past that there is also a growing problem with mad cow disease in deer. I support hunting in most forms, but not fond of getting a disease that doctors either don´t recognize or can´t treat.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: canadiandruid, 12/29/2012 9:40:10 AM     (No. 9088508)

give me moose meat over deer anyday

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Republic Can, 12/29/2012 10:37:46 AM     (No. 9088579)

I enjoy the irony of liberal problem solving occurring here.

The law of unintended consequences and contempt for natural law always puts liberal solutions in a bad light whether in Japan or the USA.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/29/2012 11:21:27 AM     (No. 9088636)

Take Moochies wagyu beef away and feed her venison. Or better yet, some of that wild mustang horsemeat the Interior Dept is whining about.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: killerbee, 12/29/2012 11:55:23 AM     (No. 9088697)

#5: there´s no evidence that you can get lyme disease from eating venison.

http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/transmission/

Not sure about the mad cow. I´d check my sources, if I were you, since that sounds like exactly the kind of rumor anti-hunters would start.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jlw509, 12/29/2012 1:00:21 PM     (No. 9088787)

When I was a kid in Western Pennsylvania, all the high schools would close on the first day of buck season and the first day of doe season, since so many HS kids went hunting. And lot of families counted on stocking their freezers with venison, cut to order in local butcher shops.

Yu´uns laugh if you will about redneck Allegheny Mountain kids, but a couple hundred dollars´ worth of excellent meat in the freezer is always "worth it."

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Reply 11 - Posted by: kiwinews, 12/29/2012 5:46:59 PM     (No. 9089103)

Venison is considered an aristocrat´s meat in Europe. Maybe they can export it. Deer are just cuter goats.


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