“It was an eye-opening experience, because there are other alternatives in attracting deer. And, yes, I have to admit, we were taught by our parents that the best way to attract deer was to burn a small patch of grass… Indirectly, we’re affecting other resources, like the reef. So, of course it was an eye-opener for me because you think that maybe you aren’t hurting the ocean, but you really are.” — Edward Flores Jr., a hunter from the village of Inarajan.
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Hunters on Guam attended a workshop run by Elaina Todd’s campaign to prevent wildfires that adversely impacts marine life around the island. Many of the hunters came in skeptical, but the workshop really changed their attitudes. They can still hunt for deer, but they can do it in a more environmentally friendly and sustainable manner that doesn’t cause wildfires.
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