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OSU Scientists Reject Trophy Hunting As Conservation

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The very term "trophy hunting" can lead to some confusion: does it mean a hunter won a trophy for good shooting?  No, actually. 

It means a hunter pays a fee to kill an animal, and gets to keep a part of the animal's body as a trophy.  Like a head stuffed and mounted on a wall. 

Trophy hunters claim some conservation benefits for their practices; hunting does get people out of doors. 

But new research involving Oregon State University and other institutions points to the contradiction of conservation alongside the practice of killing animals for sport.  Chelsea Batavia of OSU, a PhD candidate, is the lead researcher and our guest.  

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