I can see how that could be misconstrued. I specifically said "plains game" which specifically refers to deer/elk sized herbivores there as opposed to "big game" or "dangerous game". Here "big game" generally refers to anything bigger than a rodent or furbearer. "Big game" there usually refers to the "big five" (lion, elephant, rhino, cape buffalo, leopard). I get that not everyone would be familiar with the terminology.
There I was referring generally to hunting and about taking personal responsibility for the meat one eats. As I said, I eschew supermarket meat as much as possible. We get a beef quarter from a local rancher every year. I've specifically taken my daughters to "meet the meat". I haven't had a good pork chop in I don't know how long since the boar my daughter spear hunted when she was 9 a few years ago. Here's hoping I harvest well next month. If something has to die for me to eat, I want to be responsible for it as much as possible.Your existence is absolutely NOT dependent on whether that mountain lion lived or died and I find it absurd you make that claim. Certainly mine isn't.
When it came to the cat, it's not my existence, but certainly supportive of the tribe's management of their food supply. Sure, they can cull their predators on their own and they do. The tribe issues a bounty on them. Even if they are not killed, the act of active hunting discourages them from the area out into the surrounding territory. Sure, I could just donate money, and I do. I told my guide to keep me apprised of any fundraisers for youth programs or scholarships.
Honestly, I found it immoral of me to not take advantage of the opportunity just because I was wrestling emotionally with it. I had written off such a hunt completely until I heard so many positive things about the meat. That's why I don't hunt coyotes, even though they are even more populous and more frequently have bounties issued on them. I've never heard anything good about the meat.[/quote]
IME, "protected" just means more limited quota. I.e. they'll issue 3 tags instead of 300. Or unlimited. Deer are technically, "protected" in that they aren't open season like feral hogs are in some places. On the other extreme of varmints are when bounties are issued to cull as many as possible. YMMV. The tribe has a limited quota on tags to non-tribal members, but the bounties available to tribal members for specific predators are part of the group effort taken to manage wildlife and food....mountain lions (a protected species here in SE AZ) nor trophy hunting in general.
Suprareal! Thank you. Been looking for that word.(I’ve experienced supra-real moments in my life as well).