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Can hunting endangered animals actually save a species we'll take a look at this video it's.
Not an African safari it's Texas.
In since 2005.
Texas ranchers have been bringing exotic animals back from extinction.
By breeding them on private land.
But there's a catch.
The ranchers allow a small percentage of the animals to be hunted for.
Profit it allows them to keep breeding they rare animals.
But now after coming under attack from various animal rights groups the ranchers faced extinction of their own.
Charlie seal is a fourth generation rancher and executive director of the exotic wildlife association joins us from down in San Antonio Charlie moratorium.
Good Morgan State are you are doing fine this is really -- -- first of all I didn't realize that there are more exotic animals in Texas.
Then any place on earth.
How did Texas become the hub of all these unusual animals.
-- several years ago many years ago they ranchers need something to subsidize their income in the traditional livestock -- wasn't making it.
They turned to exotic animals lead the climate and and taxes is almost identical to the native home range in Africa.
And not taxes is home to about a 125 different species over a quarter of a million exotic animals.
That's right and what has happened over time is.
You've actually started protecting these animals brought -- there -- bred them and they are flourishing we got a graphic that shows three of the endangered species in Texas.
And they are -- off the chart -- for instance this this first animal in 2004 there were 12100 now there are ten times that amount.
About the same for the middle animal and the -- much as well.
These -- such unusual species I don't even know how to pronounce -- but the problem now is even though you've got so many more of them Charlie.
They -- money and they want to crack down on you.
Well as a result of a lawsuit -- that happened back sometime after the US -- and while -- service they gave us an exemption.
To be able to manage those -- of those three species -- a group called the Friends of Animals follow the -- say.
They were successful with this lawsuit and now we've been fighting this thing now since 2009.
Trying to get some -- of sort of successful.
Into this and as a result now the permits.
Permitting process is gonna.
Take place as of April the fourth on these three species and it's an arduous process right that that the Rangers have to go through.
When the crazy thing is Charlie this is your private property.
This private land the government before had.
Head encourage you to go ahead and build your business do this save those species and now they're turnaround -- -- and not so fast.
-- you just mentioned and the efforts of animals is a quotation from Priscilla Ferrell she's the president she says.
I think it's immoral they are saying it's an act of conservation and that's lunacy I don't think you create a life.
To shoot it Charlie what do you say -- her.
But here's what we say to that -- hunters are the greatest conservationist in this country.
The income that is derived from hunting all across the board in all especially -- life.
Is what subsidizes.
The the propagation these species we could not continue doing what we do without that they have to have an economic value.
Are the rancher is simply not gonna have them on his place.
This is the greatest conservation effort that we've ever done we're sending these animals back to their native countries absolutely.
It -- Charlie is it just looks like it's a lose lose situation for you folks who have done so much to make sure that those animals stay on planet earth.
Stay that gave us that exemption back in 2000 and five.
And they felt we were doing such a great job at that time but suddenly now the environmentalist.
Animal rights people have gotten involved in the us.
And not now what we're doing is is no longer adequate and so that's why the -- permitting process is gonna take place.
When apple site within the next five to ten years you're gonna say most of these animals the tens of -- that exists today they'll be virtually gone.
That it's too bad but all a result of regulation nation.
Charlie shields -- it is today from got to Texas thank you very much sir for bringing us up to date on this important story.
Appreciate you having us thank you if you -- what.
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