Decline in hunting affects wildlife conservation
Hunting is on the decline in America, with an unintended consequence: There’s less money on hand for wildlife conservation.
Hunting licenses and permits, as well taxes on firearms, provide much of the funding for wildlife agencies, and the shortfall has hit them hard, The Washington Post reports. Across the country, many states now need other ways to drum up the funds. Michigan’s legislature was forced to dig into general-tax funds to salvage current wildlife projects, while Missouri is directing sales tax towards conservation. Other states are trying to broaden the appeal of hunting, including increased outreach to women and people of color.