Australia has a booming business centered on salt-water crocodiles, and those creatures have made a huge comeback over the least three decades. [/quote]
Why were numbers of salties so low in the first place? Was it out-of-control hunting driven by a multi-million dollar industry in croc skins by any chance? [/quote]
Yes, they were almost wiped out by unregulated hunting, but no one is suggesting a return to that practice. Instead, there should be a willingness to try regulated markets for some species.
[quote=“Spack”]I guess salties are off the endangered list now, but what about species who are very much ON the list, like lions? You reckon hunters can shoot their numbers back up again?
It’s not just individual lions. Take out a dominant male (hunters prize these the most) and you imperil the rest of the pride. For many species, there’s no such thing as “sustainable hunting”.[/quote]
If it’s the case that some species cannot be safely hunted without endangering them, then the practice should not be adopted. Period. Again, it’s a regulated market, not a free-for-all. And the proof is in the pudding. If certain markets do not contribute to the robustness of a particular species, then they should be discontinued.
By the way, the only species of lion which exists in prides that I know to be endangered is the Asian lion of Gir (in India), and it’s not hunted nor, as far as I’m aware of, is there an interest in hunting it. However, the African lions of the Serengeti are well-protected by the markets set up in East Africa for safaris and the hunting for prey species that co-exist with lions in the same habitat. As for the lions of Tsavo, I’m not sure what their condition is, but I’m fairly sure they aren’t endangered.