Consequences of modern hunting. Example #001: Alpine ibex

Hunters saved the Alpine ibex from extinction

If it hadn’t been for the conservation efforts of a trophy hunting king of Sardinia the Alpine ibex would have gone extinct more than 150 years ago….

By Jens Ulrik Høgh


By the beginning of the 19th century the Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) had become almost extinct after centuries of illegal hunting. Body parts from from this powerful creature were believed to have magical properties in traditional European medicine. The demand was great, the prices were high and poachers stopped at nothing to kill every single animal they could. Around 1850 the very last remaining Alpine ibexes survived in a relatively small area surrounding Gran Paradiso mountain in north-western Italy. There were less than 60 animals left. The area belonged to the king of Sardinia Victor Emmanuel II who loved the challenge of the ibex hunt.

All other protection measures had failed miserably in 1856 when the king proclaimed that Gran Paradiso was henceforth royal hunting grounds under his protection. He organized a small army of former poachers who were all skilled hunters and mountaineers. Their job was to protect the ibex from further poaching. Luxurious hunting lodges and a system of paths were established to facilitate the hunt. Local peasants were paid to take care of the grounds and arrange the royal hunts. The survival of the ibex had suddenly become a matter of great interest to the poor local population of the area.

The conservation efforts turned out to be a great success. By the the year 1900 the ibex population reached 2,000 animals. Today there is more than 45,000 ibexes in the Alps distributed between more than 100 reintroduced local populations. Every singe Alpine Ibex in the world derives from the small population that Victor Emmanuel II saved in Gran Paradiso. He was motivated entirely by his hunting passion. Recreational hunting saved the Alpine Ibex from extinction. This is a fact.


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A natural human diet includes meat

Several vegans bashing me for being a hunter and meat-eater have claimed that their vegan way of life is more “in harmony with nature” than mine. I am going to be blunt about this. They are wrong. VERY wrong. Long-term veganism is actually fully dependent on hi-tech laboratories and complicated chemical production plants. A vegan diet is not a natural human diet.

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What’s wrong with “animal rights activists” ?

A few days ago a Gorilla in Cincinnati Zoo had to be shot to protect a 4-year old child who fell into the enclosure with the gorillas. A very unfortunate event indeed. But the social media reactions are moronic. Tens of thousands of people have signed petitions in protest of the killing of the gorilla that attacked the child…. WHAT THE