California's Deer Management Has Resulted in a Highly Skewed Population Demographic That May Be Contributing to the Long Term Decline of the Species February 14, 2014

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California's Deer Management Has Resulted in a Highly Skewed Population Demographic That May Be Contributing to the Long Term Decline of the Species
February 14, 2014 
 
Sonke Mastrup, Executive Director 
California Fish & Game Commission 
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1320 
Sacramento, California 95814 
 
Dear Sonke: 
 
Earlier this week, my quotes in a press account of a webinar in which I participated 
on the illegal wildlife trade gave rise to confusion regarding my attitude towards 
legal hunting in California. I’m writing to set the record straight. 
 
I fully support legal, well-regulated, science-based hunting in California. As you 
know, I’ve been an active hunter and fisherman most of my life and I recognize the 
vital contributions hunters make to wildlife conservation. Further, I believe that 
hunting in California is well managed by our Commission and the Department of 
Fish & Wildlife, using the best available science. I am unaware of any legal, 
managed hunting today in our state that contributes to the decline of our native 
wildlife. Both the Commission and the Department continually strive to improve 
our stewardship of wildlife in California. 
 
Thanks for the opportunity to clarify my position and clear up any 
misunderstandings that may have arisen as a result of my comments during the 
webinar earlier this week. I apologize for the confusion and hope that this letter 
serves to forestall any misinterpretation of my position on hunting. You are 
welcome to circulate this to anyone who may inquire. 
 
Sincerely, 
 Michael Sutton 
President 


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