What we’ve been up to at Wildlife Watch/C.A.S.H.

Pro-Active Campaigns

One of our pro-active campaigns at Wildlife Watch has been to advocate the establishment of wildlife watching facilities. We’ve already touched on the prospects of establishing a wildlife watching facility at the site of the former Seneca Army Depot that contains a herd of white deer elsewhere in this publication.

Kathy Andrews invited us down to South Carolina to give a presentation. The following announcement went out. Florence-January 14, 2008)

Wildlife Watch Inc. will be giving a presentation  today, Monday, January 14th at 2pm at Lowrimore Auditorium in the John K. Cauthen Educational Media Center at Francis Marion University.   Wildlife Watching is a prime outdoor recreational activity.  If Wildlife Watching were a business, it would rank higher than Microsoft yielding 45,650,000,000 in annual sales.  71 million people participate in wildlife watching.   There is a huge potential for wildlife watching businesses in South Carolina.

Come join Anne and Peter Muller from Wildlife Watch for a fascinating presentation on wildlife watching in your own backyard.

There were large landowners, the president of a land trust, an ecologist, and business people who were very interested in hearing about a wildlife watching enterprise. The actual numbers are dazzling, and for those who enjoy wildlife and are interested in a positive win-win situation for the wildlife and their finances, wildlife watching is an exciting prospect. Coincidentally, at the time that Wildlife Watch started working on the situation in Seneca Falls, New York, we were contacted by Kathy Andrews, a land owner in rural South Carolina who was interested in establishing a wild-life watching facility on her 100 acres.

We are firmly convinced by the numbers and facts that a wildlife watching facility can solve problems for land owners and communities. If there is a large area of contiguous, essentially uncultivated, natural land which is publicly or privately owned and on which there is an abundance of wildlife – what is the best use that can be made of such a parcel of land?

What’s best?

  • For the environment?
  • For the wildlife?
  • For the financial benefit of the owner?
  • For long term preservation of assets?
  • For the surrounding community?

The answer to all of these questions is the establishment of a wildlife watching facility. Wildlife watching is a non-invasive, non-consumptive, non-lethal enjoyment of nature and wildlife. It can be profitable to the owner and the surrounding community.

It is already a large business in the US by any measure — $48 billion/year and growing. So it is not at all strange that the owners of large tracts of wilderness are starting to explore the possibilities. Wildlife Watch went to Florence South Carolina to meet Kathy Andrews. Kathy had been in touch with us before regarding abuse by lawless hunters on her land and the lack of law-enforcement and harassment by the local sheriffs and police – which was chronicled in previous issues of the C.A.S.H. Courier.

We met Kathy and proceeded with our presentation to a well-qualified and interested audience. The audience was thrilled by the new conceptual vistas that were opened to them.

There was a prolonged and lively discussion after the presentation. We had requests for more information after we returned back to our office. We had good media coverage, arranged by Kathy who is a pro in the field of PR. It was an excellent introduction for most attendees to a new way of thinking about the phrase “recreational use of wildlife.”

The day Wildlife Watch gave the presentation, Michelle Obama spoke to the students at Francis Marion University. We were fortunate to have been there to hear her inspirational speech.

Letter to Governor Corzine

In addition to letters and e-mail to town officials, C.A.S.H. wrote a letter to Governor Corzine on January 13th: It starts this way:

Wildlife Watch, Inc. is an animal protection organization that helps connect people, the environment, and wildlife and seeks to protect individual wild animals and species through education, political awareness and direct aid to animals in need. On behalf of our members and supporters in New Jersey, and specifically those in Essex County near the South Mountain Reservation, we wish to bring your attention to the misguided plan to use “sharpshooters” to kill deer at the Reservation, scheduled to commence on January 29, 2008. As an organization that works to protect wildlife and the areas where they live, we wish to list our objections to the Deer Management Program and the reasons that our objections are based upon, and we call upon you to cancel this hunt.

Letters written to the newspapers from C.A.S.H or Wildlife Watch

Since the last issue of the Courier went to press, we’ve written at least 219 letters to 159 different newspapers in 45 states, also USA Today and the Jerusalem Post. (!!!!!)

Jerusalem Post

USA Today

The Times Daily (Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbri, and Northwest, AL)

Juneau Empire

North Little Rock Times
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock)
Northwest Arkansas Times
The Courier (Russellville)
Arkansas Times
DeWitt Era-Enterprise
The Log Cabin Democrat (Conway)

San Francisco Chronicle
San Jose Mercury News
Daily Democrat (Woodland)
The Californian (Bakersfield)
Sacramento Bee
Stockton Record

The Wilton Bulletin

Rocky Mountain News (Denver)
Montrose Press
Daily Camera (Boulder)
Colorado Springs Gazette

News Journal (Wilmington)

Orlando Sentinel
Miami Herald
Wakulla.com (Crawfordville)
Tallahassee Democrat
Pensacola News Journal

The Moultrie Observer

Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

Sioux City Journal
Des Moines Register
Cedar Rapids Gazette
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
Iowa City Press-Citizen
Dubuque Telegraph-Herald

Chicago Daily Herald
Chicago Tribune
Rockford Register Star
Morris Daily Herald
Belleville News Democrat

Corydon Democrat
Journal & Courier (Lafayette/West Lafayette)
Evansville Courier & Press
Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne)

Emporia Gazette

The Kentucky Kernel (Lexington)

The Banner (Bernice)
Daily Comet (Thibodaux)

Boston Business Journal

Carroll County Times (Westminster)
Frederick News-Post
Cumberland News-Times
The Baltimore Chronicle
Baltimore Sun

Kennebec Journal

Jackson Citizen Patriot
News Herald (Southgate)
Sentinel-Standard (Ionia)
Muskegon Chronicle

International Falls Daily Journal
Sherburne Tribune (Big Lake)
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Winona Daily News
Park Rapids Enterprise

Lake Sun Leader (Camdenton)
Springfield News-Leader
Kansas City Star
The Missourian (Washington)
Jefferson City News-Tribune
St. Louis Post Dispatch
Sikeston Standard-Democrat

Hattiesburg American

Great Falls Tribune
Helena Independent Record
The Missoulian
Billings Gazette

Asheville Citizen-Times
Salisbury Post
Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald

Dickinson Press
Grand Forks Herald

Grand Island Independent
North Platte Telegraph
Omaha World-Herald
Lincoln Journal Star

Daily Record (Parsippany)
The Bernardsville News
The Observer-Tribune (Stirling)
The Record (North Jersey)

New Mexico Business Weekly (Albuquerque)

New York Times
Newsday (Long Island)
Daily Star (Oneonta)
Albany Times-Union
The Journal-Register (Medina)
Niagara Gazette (Niagara Falls)
Buffalo News
Cooperstown Crier
The Leader (Corning)
Ithaca Times
Plattsburgh Press-Republican
Sullivan County Democrat (Calicoon)
Watertown Daily Times
North County News (Yorktown Heights)
Post-Standard (Syracuse)
Buffalo News
Suffolk Life (Long Island)

Dayton Daily News
The Toledo Blade
The Advocate (Newark)
The Vindicator (Youngstown)
Columbus Business First
Corvallis Gazette-Times
News Journal (Mansfield)
Cincinnati Enquirer
New Philadelphia Times Reporter
Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

Statesman Journal (Salem)
Gazette Times (Corvallis)

Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Norwin Star (Monroeville)
The Intelligencer (Doylestown)
Patriot-News (Central PA)
New Era (Lancaster)
Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh)
The Woodland Progress  (Chalfant, Churchill, Edgewood, Forest Hills, Turtle Creek, Wilkins Twp.)
Daily Review (Towanda)
Republican Herald (Pottsville)

Providence Journal

Spartanburg Herald-Journal
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg)

Sioux City Journal

Maryville Daily Times
Chattanooga Times Free Press

Dallas Morning News
Lufkin Daily News
Houston Chronicle
Odessa American
Galveston Daily News

Salt Lake Tribune


Contact Us

Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting / C.A.S.H.
P.O. Box 562
New Paltz, NY 12561