Joe's Corner  

Joe White - Real Estate Broker
Northern California Real Estate
Northwest Sonoma County and Southern Mendocino County
Recreational And Estate Properties
We have been doing this since 1976

August 21, 2021 First written 3/7/15



SPOTTED OWLS: Have not fared well, so we are spending tons of money protecting them. Each timber harvest costs about $2,000 more for their protection and we pay for that cost as it is passed down to the consumer. Federal Wildlife (PD 7/24/13) wanted to shoot 3,600 Barn Owls who are bigger and are displacing Spotted Owls for about 3.6 mil., $800 each. If it is a bright idea, why not put a bounty of $400 each in those specific areas? We don't have to worry about them shooting Spotted Owls as there is already a huge fine for doing so. I later read where they are now shooting them for about $800 each.

WOLVES: I stated hunting S/W Montana abut 1982. I became friends with a rancher who lived on the 5,000 AC. ranch his father and grandfather bought in 1900. About 1938 he imported Irish Wolf Hounds and concentrated on wolves in an area of about 300 square miles around his sheep ranch. By 1942 he had eliminated them. Prior to that the locals virtually never saw deer or elk. Starting in 1947 they killed their first bull elk. When I arrived in 1982, I usually saw about 1,000 elk a week and 500 or so deer. I regularly harvested both my elk and deer until2008 when I was seeing about 7 elk and 3 or 4 deer per week. The only change I know of is re introducing wolves into Montana.I no longer hunt in Montana.

MOUNTAIN LIONS: Were sport hunted until 1990 in California. Before that you never heard of one near town. Now they are becoming common. One was even killed on Highway 101 in Santa Rosa. They also like Labradors on Fitch Mountain or goats in Kenwood.

COYOTES: Were trapped until the mid 80's. Then the cyanide stick was outlawed. Coyotes are extremely smart and trap shy. The cyanide stick shot a blank with a cyanide pill into their mouth. It also took raccoons and fox. It was also 99.9% effective. Until then we had sheep herds here. Soon again coyotes were eating 10 to 20% of the sheep and we no longer have sheep herds. Losing pets in the edges of town is a fairly recent event.

Bear hunting with dogs was stopped in 2013. The bear population historically increased at about 1 ½ % a year up to that point. Now it is increasing about 50% faster. Bear sightings are occurring in neighborhoods. They are less intimidated and have discovered they can take a kill from a mountain lion. Thus, the lions are forced to take more deer.

I happen to be lucky enough to live in the country. At 81, I have been a hunter since I could carry a sling shot, gun, bow or rifle. I have a lot of hindsight. 20 years ago, I would expect to see 20 to 25 deer in 2 to 3 hours around our ranch. Now I see 1or 2. The ratio used to be 1 buck to 22 or 24 does. it was 2 bucks to 1 doe in 2018. In 2019 it is 5 to 1. 5 days of hunting we only saw 1 doe and 1 fawn.I think lions and coyotes will take a doe first as it is safer for them.

IF YOU LIVE NEAR TOWN YOU HAVE MORE DEER THERE THAN WE HAVE IN THE COUNTRY. The deer population is now down 90 to 95% from a few years ago. The tags from hunting do not show it because we are not hunting does. The normal mortality of fawns runs about 50%. We are possibly reaching the tipping point where deer could become endangered. Biologists with Fish & Game say they have no money for research. THE PREDATORS ARE NOW FOLLOWING the dwindling food supply to town. People or pets being attacked near town were unheard of a few years ago.

MOST CONSERVATION dollars come from hunters and fishermen or women. $882 million was raised in excise tax revenues that went directly to fund wildlife and conservation in 2012.

We are the perfect predator. By eliminating lion hunting, we again messed with nature and guaranteed the death of thousands of deer. Could anyone hear them scream if there was no one there? I no longer need deer warning whistles on my cars. I hardly ever see a deer in the 25,000 miles I drive in West Sonoma County each year unless I am near a population center like The Sea Ranch.

The Human Society is now operating off a war chest of about 180 million dollars. Their objective is eliminating hunting in little steps. Catherin Bigelow is a lady who has talents that I respect. She has also been sold a bill of goods that has caused her to create ananimated short story and she repeats what she believesthat elephants will be extinct in 30 years. In some areas where Boko Haremand other war lords operatethat might be true. That is not true in most of Africa. I have spent about 6 1/2 months hunting in Zimbabwe. My most probable accident is driving at night which I avoid. The second is an elephant charge as I see them EVERY DAY I am in the field. The recent probation of elephant trophies from Africa is actually hurting their survival as hunting guides actually are their best protectors as they are an important cash crop and their sharing it with villages helps support the elephant survival.

We have made huge changes in the world in the last 200 years. Much of it was good. We are getting better but the anti-hunters obviously do not want to look at some of their results. Do we really want to sit still while they are spending money to bring wolves back in California?

O yes, have you noticed any difference in our weather patterns? In our forest fires.

Joe White

Copyright © 2021 Joe White Real Estate Broker All Rights Reserved.
BRE # 00254845

Office & Cell: 707-431-2151    FAX: 530 566 035

Site designed and maintained by Ed Striepeke