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Fighting for Conservation

Featured Guests: Ivan Carter, Shane Mahoney

(Photo courtesy of "The Revolution with Jim & Trav") (Photo courtesy of "The Revolution with Jim & Trav")

By: The Revolution with Jim & Trav

This week on The Revolution with Jim and Trav presented by Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network, we're fighting for conservation. So, what does it take to maintain a healthy wildlife population, to restore endangered species and preserve failing ecosystems? It takes significant funding, perseverance and capable volunteers on the ground. That's why we're going to acutely focus on wildlife education and community involvement, because without these two functions long-term conservation isn't possible. Joining us for an in-depth, exclusive, three-part interview will be Ivan Carter of Carter’s W.A.R., plus scientist, wildlife expert and conservationist, Shane Mahoney.

Ivan Carter is a conservationist, wildlife photographer, professional hunting guide and the host of Carter’s W.A.R. on Outdoor Channel. Ivan’s passion for conservation is inspiring and he joins The Revolution to talk with Jim and Trav in a three-part interview about trophy hunting, poaching and conservation’s future. Tune in to find out why trophy hunting truly is conservation and how the money spent by hunters is used to benefit wildlife and their habitat. Ivan will also explain how the withdrawal of trophy hunting in western Tanzania has left wildlife without value and in trouble. “It’s living proof of what a disaster it is when you close trophy hunting in an area.” Ivan then directs his attention to the poaching crisis and will explain the clear difference between hunting and poaching. He specifically discusses the rhino war that is happening right now as a result of rhino horn being the most valuable commodity on the planet. Worth $60,000 an ounce, rhinos are being poached for their horns. “It’s the most despicable thing, it’s the greatest threat to our wildlife in modern times,” says Ivan. He’ll discuss some out of the box ideas to help combat this problem that would not only help eliminate poaching, but would also help solve the cattle problem, increase the range of rhinos and be beneficial to the people of Africa, as well. Tune in for a wide reaching look at conservation from passionate advocate, Ivan Carter, who is shining a light on serious issues.

Shane Mahoney is a scientist, wildlife expert and conservationist as well as the President and CEO of Conservation Visions. Tune in as he joins Jim and Trav to talk about the future of conservation in North America and around the globe. Based on the underfunding of conservation in the United States, Jim and Trav say it would appear that conservation isn’t a priority to the masses. However, as someone who works extensively on conservation efforts, Shane says, “Conservation remains important to a segment of the public, but it never seems to transcend to a political level where it’s important to everyone.” Shane says that governments are challenged with a great deal of responsibilities, but going forward conservation is going to become more important. “We will certainly learn in this century, as human populations change and as they increase, that conservation is going to have to become a much higher priority for governments everywhere.” Tune in to find out what steps Shane would take to work proactively on conservation’s future at a government level.

Tune in as Jim, Trav and Mrs. Bunny talk about some current wildlife conservation topics. They’ll discuss the recent recommendation by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee to remove the grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the Endangered Species Act. Then they’ll talk about a recent law signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder that would authorize wolf hunting if Congress or federal courts revisit the issue. Finally, they’ll highlight a possible solution to the invasive Asian Carp that are infiltrating waterways. Riverine Fisheries International plans to use a factory fishing vessel on the Mississippi River to catch and process Asian carp into food products to be exported to 20 countries. Tune in to find out more.

The Revolution with Jim & Trav - 1/12/2017

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