I was interested to read in today’s The Age newspaper that the buffalo hunting season opened in the US yesterday:
The hunt will allow up to 50 of the Plains bison, often called buffalo in North America, to be killed in the three-month season that opens on November 15. A lottery for 24 permits drew nearly 6,200 applicants, including an unsuccessful Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
Sixteen additional permits were reserved for native American tribal members, and 10 went to hunters who had drawn permits for a previous hunt that was cancelled.
Hunters typically eat any bison they kill and sometimes mount the head and horns.
… Facing nationally televised protests and tourist boycotts, the Montana legislature banned bison hunting in 1991.
Regulations forbid game officials from helping, and hunters are all required to attend classes on the rules of the hunt.
At the turn of the 20th century, only 23 bison survived in Yellowstone National Park. The herd now numbers around 4,900.
Which animals can be legally hunted in Australia? I know crocodile hunting is banned in the Northern Territory though 600 are culled every year. There is an annual quota for kangaroos.