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February 14, 2020 - Wild Things Initiative

The Repercussions Of Botswana’s Elephant Hunting Will Extend Generations

The Repercussions Of Botswana’s Elephant Hunting Will Extend Generations
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Botswana’s upcoming hunting season puts 272 elephants in the crosshairs of wealthy foreigners’ rifles. Trophy hunting’s proponents have attempted to shut down opposition by claiming the high ground in the science versus emotion debate.

But those 272 elephants represent more than just numbers on a spreadsheet. In fact, the more science advances our understanding of elephants, the more we realize how the long-term psychological damage caused by hunting can negatively impact conservation efforts. Science shows hunting bull elephants is connected with short-term elevated stress levels throughout the remaining elephant population. Bulls present in the area of a successful hunt experience the biggest changes in stress levels but aren’t the only ones affected. Bulls pass information of these events to cows, increasing their stress levels.

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