According to the German Hunting Association, hunters killed more raccoons than ever in the past season.
With 202,000 specimens shot nationwide in the period from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020, it recorded an increase of 22 percent compared to the previous season, the association announced.
The spokesman for the hunting association Torsten Reinwald told the German press agency that the reason was the increasing spread of the species, which originally came from North America, in Germany.
According to Reinwald, the small bears are particularly common in a band from the northeast to Hesse.
Reinwald emphasized that between 2006 and 2017 alone, the range of nocturnal small bears more than doubled.
Raccoons are on a list of alien invasive species for which “management measures” must be implemented in the European Union.
The hunt for raccoons serves to protect the European pond turtle, explained Reinwald.
Raccoons are considered to be “food generalists” in the hunting language – Reinwald puts it this way:
“Nothing is safe from raccoons.” (!!!)
They climbed trees and are also considered good swimmers.
According to its own statements, the hunting association sees great potential for the consumption of raccoon meat. It is of high quality and in the southern USA, for example, tens of thousands of animals are eaten annually.
As with wild boars, however, an examination for trichinae is mandatory before eating raccoons.
The raccoon population in Germany goes back to animals escaped and released after the Second World War.
And I mean…The only population that should be reduced, or best eliminated, is that of the hunters.
It is about heavily armed gangs with a murderous ideology who think they can do whatever they want in the woods.
And anyone who disagrees will be intimidated at gunpoint.
Hunters are not interested in the protection of the European turtles, the chatter about population control and damage limitation against wild invasions is only a deceptive appearance and does not even work for the dumbest of the dumb
It is shameful that a civilized society allows itself to be terrorized by a miserable hunter minority of 0.49% of the population.
My best regards to all, Venus