Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Dumbass Hunters

The War On Wildlife continues…

There are only about two hundred whooping cranes left in the world. Dumbass hunters in Kansas just shot one percent of the entire population.

“Seven Kansas hunters have admitted to last weekend's shooting of two endangered whooping cranes in Stafford County, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent said Wednesday.

One of the cranes died Wednesday morning at Kansas State University's veterinary hospital. The other is recovering from a broken wing and several body wounds.”

And Defenders of Wildlife has this appalling story from Alaska:

“The anti-conservation Board of Game has just voted to allow up to 900 wolves to be killed by the barbaric practice of aerial gunning. This is six times as many as were killed last winter.

Easy targets against fallen snow, wolves can be gunned down from airplanes or chased to exhaustion, then shot at point blank range.”

But once in a while, the wildlife does win a small battle .

“NORTH VERNON, Ind. - When hunter Jim Mick went into the woods to bag himself a deer, he never expected to come out empty-handed — and badly bruised.

The 69-year-old bowhunter was treated for injuries he said he suffered during a wrestling match with an angry buck. Mick, of North Vernon, said the deer attacked him Monday while he was hunting alone in rural Decatur County in southeastern Indiana.

"He came out of the tall grass and briars," said Mick. "When I realized it, he was on me already."

Mick said the animal, which weighed about 150 pounds, struck him in the chest and knocked him to the ground, goring him in the thigh. "All I had time to do was throw my hands up and grab his antlers," he said.

After about a 10-minute struggle, Mick said he managed to put a tree between himself and the deer, and the animal retreated.”

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