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Demand For Apples And Mangoes Soars In Massachusetts After 80-Year-Old Otilia Martins Defeats Armed Robbers With Aforementioned FruitsA spirited defense of firefruit!
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/07/demand-for-apples-and-mangoes-soars-in.htmlA spirited defense of firefruit!... more
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PHOTO: Congress removed wolves in Montana and Idaho from the protection of the Endangered Species Act in April. (Associated Press)
The new war on wolves
As soon as federal protection ended, the slaughter began.
By J. William Gibson
December 8, 2011
Congress removed wolves in Montana and Idaho from the protection of the Endangered Species Act in April. And this fall, the killing began.
As of Wednesday, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reported that 154 of its estimated 750 wolves had been "harvested" this year. Legal hunting and trapping — with both snares to strangle and leg traps to capture — will continue through the spring. And if hunting fails to reduce the wolf population sufficiently — to less than 150 wolves — the state says it will use airborne shooters to eliminate more.
In Montana, hunters will be allowed to kill up to 220 wolves this season (or about 40% of the state's roughly 550 wolves). To date, hunters have taken only about 100 wolves, prompting the state to extend the hunting season until the end of January. David Allen, president of the powerful Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, has said he thinks hunters can't do the job, and he is urging the state to follow Idaho's lead and "prepare for more aggressive wolf control methods, perhaps as early as summer 2012."
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead recently concluded an agreement with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to save 100 to 150 wolves in lands near Yellowstone National Park. But in the remaining 80% of the state, wolves can be killed year-round because they are considered vermin. Roughly 60% of Wyoming's 350 wolves will become targeted for elimination.
What is happening to wolves now, and what is planned for them, doesn't really qualify as hunting. It is an outright war.
In the mid-1990s, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 66 wolves in Yellowstone and central Idaho, most of the U.S. celebrated. The magnificent wolf, an icon of wilderness that humans had driven to extinction in the United States, would now reoccupy part of its old range. But in the region where the wolves were introduced, the move was much more controversial.
Part of the reason was the increase, particularly in Idaho and Montana, in paramilitary militia advocates, with their masculine ideal of man as warrior who should fight the hated federal government, by armed force if necessary. They were outraged by what they saw as federal interference in the region spurred by environmentalists, and their ideas found a willing reception among ranchers, who view wolves as a threat to their livestock — even though they ranch on federal land — and hunters, who don't want the wolves reducing the big game population.
The factions have reinforced one another, and today a cultural mythology has emerged that demonizes the federal government, the environmental movement and the wolves themselves. Many false claims have been embraced as truth, including that the Fish and Wildlife Service stole $60 million from federal excise taxes on guns and ammunition to pay for bringing wolves back; that the introduced wolves carry horrible tapeworms that can be easily transmitted to dogs, and ultimately to humans; that the Canadian wolves that were brought in are an entirely different species from the gray wolves that once lived in the Rockies, and that these wolves will kill elk, deer, livestock — even humans — for sport.
The false claims may have had particular resonance because they built on a long tradition in Western culture. During the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic Church ruled that wolves belonged to the devil: Demons could take the shape of wolves, as could witches. Puritans brought similar ideas to America. Cotton Mather called New England before it was settled a "howling wilderness." Asked to investigate Salem's alleged witches, Mather concluded in his book, "On Witchcraft" (1692): "Evening wolves" (werewolves and witches) were but another of the devil's tests as New England passed from "wilderness" to the "promised land."
And that attitude has persisted. Gary Marbut, president of the influential Montana Shooting Sports Assn., wrote in 2003 that "one might reasonably view man's entire development and creation of civilization as a process of fortifying against wolves."
Politicians from both parties in Western states have been eager to help with the fortifications. In Idaho, Republican Rep. Mike Simpson and the state's governor, Butch Otter, made removal of wolves from the Endangered Species Act a political priority. In Montana, Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg has made delisting wolves central to his 2012 Senate campaign against Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. In April, Tester in turn persuaded fellow Democrats in the Senate to approve his inserting a rider in a budget bill that delisted wolves.
In early November, Sen. Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, made his own political contribution. Thrilled at the testing of a drone aircraft manufactured in Montana, Baucus declared: "Our troops rely on this type of technology every day, and there is an enormous future potential in border security, agriculture and wildlife and predator management." A manufacturer's representative claimed his company's drone "can tell the difference between a wolf and a coyote." Pilotless drone aircraft used by the CIA and the Air Force to target and kill alleged terrorists now appear to be real options to track and kill "enemy" wolves.
How far we have fallen since the mid-1990s, when we celebrated the wolves' reintroduction. During the 2008 presidential election, candidate Barack Obama declared: "Federal policy toward animals should respect the dignity of animals and their rightful place as cohabitants of the environment. We should strive to protect animals and their habitats and prevent animal cruelty, exploitation and neglect."
The president now should make good on that promise.
J. William Gibson is a sociology professor at Cal State Long Beach and the author of "A Reenchanted World." http://www.jameswilliamgibson.com
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45 Australian Species Face Extinction in 20 Years
by David DeFranza, Washington, DC on 03.24.11
wild donkeys photo
Photo credit: asibiri/Creative Commons
For decades, the remote Kimberley region of Northern Australia has stood as a stronghold for dozens of rare native species of mammals, birds, lizards and other vertebrates. Now, these species are under serious threat from encroaching invasive species and a series of fires.
The pressure is so severe, researchers believe, that as many as 45 species could face extinction within 20 years.
"We're in the midst of a massive extinction event in Australia and the north has really been the last stronghold for many species of birds and mammals and reptiles," Tara Martin, a researcher with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, said, "the Kimberley is really their last chance on Earth."
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The threat, a new report explains, comes from feral cats, wild donkeys, and a series of forest fires. The cats, researchers found, are opportunistic hunters devastating native populations. Donkeys and goats compete for the scarce food and water resources in the region.
The simplest means of defense, conservationists say, is to reduce the population of goats and donkeys. Educating the public on the impact stray house cats have on local ecosystems is also critical.45 Australian Species Face Extinction in 20 Years by David DeFranza, Washington, DC... more
American hunters are emerging as a strong and growing threat to the survival of African lions, with demand for trophy rugs and necklaces driving the animals towards extinction, a coalition of wildlife organisations has said.
Demand for hunting trophies, such as lion skin rugs, and a thriving trade in animal parts in the US and across the globe have raised the threat levels for African lions, which are already under assault because of conflicts with local villagers and shrinking habitat.
"The African lion is a species in crisis," said Jeff Flocken of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. "The king of the jungle is heading toward extinction, and yet Americans continue to kill lions for sport."
Two-thirds of the lions hunted for sport were brought to America over the last 10 years, a report released by the coalition said.
The organisations, which include IFAW, the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, Born Free and Defenders of Wildlife, called on the White House to ban the import of lion trophies and parts by listing the animals as endangered species.
The number of wild African lions has fallen sharply in the last 100 years, the organisations said. A century ago, as many as 200,000 roamed across Africa. Now, by some estimates, fewer than 40,000 remain in the wild; others put the figure for survivors at 23,000, and they have vanished from 80% of the areas where they once roamed.
Lions have become extinct in 26 countries. Only seven countries – Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe – are believed to contain more than 1,000 lions each, according to the Panthera conservation group – which is not part of the coalition making the appeal.
The single biggest threat by far to the animals' survival is humans, though not necessarily western hunters. "It is just the very, very widespread killing of lions, mostly in a conflict situation, by anyone who is trying to farm livestock in Africa and finds it very difficult to co-exist with lions," said Luke Hunter, the executive vice-president of Panthera.
There is also a lot of pressure on lion habitats with wilderness areas shrinking to build roads – such as the controversial highway across the Serengeti – or to make room for agriculture.
But the report by the wildlife coalition, filed with the White House on Tuesday, said western hunters were a growing danger to the lions' survival.
Between 1999 and 2008, 64% of the 5,663 lions that were killed in the African wild for sport ended up being shipped to America, it said. It also said the numbers had risen sharply in those 10 years, with more than twice as many lions taken as trophies by US hunters in 2008 than in 1999. In addition to personal trophies, Americans are also the world's biggest buyers of lion carcasses and body parts, including claws, skulls, bones and penises. In the same years, the US imported 63% of the 2,715 lion specimens put up for sale.
For some countries, including Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia and Mozambique, hunting for sport was the main threat to the lions' existence. But even in countries which did not attract large numbers of tourists on hunting trips, the practice was taking a growing toll.
The conservationists noted that hunters' penchant for bagging a male lion risked wiping out entire prides. The loss of the alpha male could set off a struggle for supremacy among the survivors that could lead to further deaths of adult male lions, or male cubs seen as potential threats.
A hunting ban, the conservationists said, would reduce that threat by taking Americans out of the game. It's one of a range of threats to the survival of the species, said Teresa Telecky, director of wildlife for Humane Society International. "But what is most certainly true is that of all the threats to the African lion, the one we can best address here in this country is their import."
Flocken noted that all of the other big cats are protected – jaguars, leopards and tigers. "African lions are the only ones left out there," he said.
However, other wildlife experts argued that a total hunting ban was a "nuclear option". They said responsible hunting could in some cases help conserve populations by maintaining wilderness areas. Existing US and international regulations, such as the Cites conventions against trafficking in endangered species, could also be reinforced to protect lions, they said.
"If you remove hunting, the very real risk is that you force African governments to generate revenue from that land and the obvious thing is cattle and crops which just wipe out habitats," said Hunter.American hunters are emerging as a strong and growing threat to the survival of... more
If you live in the United States and go hunting, chances are deer is your subject. With different varieties all across the country, it can be difficult to prepare for that next hunt. Those embarking on their first can also experience loads of trouble. Walk a few steps in the boots of hunters who have already done it with a trip to the internet.
link: http://www.engineeringdegreeonline.org/bringing-home-a-buck-the-top-50-deer-hunting-blogsIf you live in the United States and go hunting, chances are deer is your subject.... more
Endangered whooping cranes shot dead
Only about 400 whooping cranes exist in the wild, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.
January 12th, 2011
03:17 PM ET
Three endangered whooping cranes were shot to death in southern Georgia, wildlife officials say.
The three dead birds were found and reported by hunters near Albany, Georgia, on December 30, according to a release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The cranes, which were banded and fitted with radio transmitters, were part of a group of five that were migrating to Florida together, the service said. They had last been tracked 20 days earlier in Hamilton County, Tennessee.
The cranes are part of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership effort to reintroduce whooping cranes into the eastern United States. There are about 570 whooping cranes left in the world, 400 of which are in the wild, according to the wildlife service. About 100 cranes are in the eastern migratory population.
The cranes that were killed were not among those famously led south by ultralight aircraft, but instead were part of the Direct Autumn Release program, in which cranes are encouraged to follow other migrating birds, such as sandhill cranes.
In addition to the Endangered Species Act, whooping cranes are protected by state laws and the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
The wildlife service and Georgia Department of Natural Resources are investigating. Several organizations have contributed toward a $12,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.Endangered whooping cranes shot dead Only about 400 whooping cranes exist in the... more
Robin Roberts (GMA) asked Sarah Palin about the controversy surrounding her hunting on her reality show, and criticism towards it.
Sarah Palin responded as expected:
"[I] would never shoot an animal for its fur or for fashion."
In her living room, in the background -- and clearly on camera -- lies a bear's skin, complete with his head.Robin Roberts (GMA) asked Sarah Palin about the controversy surrounding her hunting on... more
Man accidentally shoots fellow hunter
December 11, 2010
A man was in serious condition Saturday after he was accidentally shot by another man as the two were hunting on U.S. Army land in Will County, officials said.
The incident happened at about 10:40 a.m. Saturday, as the men were hunting pheasants in the Joliet Army Training Area. The land just outside Joliet is used for military and law enforcement training and is owned and maintained by the Army, said Linda Fournier, an Army spokeswoman.
The victim was shot by the other man's shotgun and suffered injuries to his abdomen, left hip and side, said Fournier. He was taken by paramedics to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Fournier said.
The men were apparently walking through heavy brush when the trigger on one man's shotgun became entangled in the branches, causing the gun to fire and strike the victim, said Fournier.
The men, who were not identified, both had proper hunting and firearms permits, Fournier said. The incident is being investigated as an accident by conservation officers with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
— Carlos SadMan accidentally shoots fellow hunter December 11, 2010 A man was in serious... more
Music by Eddie Vedder
This video shows the truth behind fox-coyote enclosures also known as a fox pen. It describes how wildlife is trapped, crated and then shipped to enclosures and then chased, cornered and mauled by "fox hunters".
To learn more about these cruel and inhumane, yet legal, enclosures, please go to TrainingNotTorture.org.Music by Eddie Vedder This video shows the truth behind fox-coyote enclosures... more
BROEDERSTROOM, South Africa – Lions raised in captivity in South Africa are set loose in enclosed areas where hunters, many from the United States, gun them down. The toll: about 1,000 lions each year.
Kevin Richardson hopes a new movie "White Lion," which opens in a few U.S. cities on Friday, will give people second-thoughts about participating in such hunts.
"I just can't understand how anyone would want to shoot a lion that is clearly confined to a finite space with absolutely no hope in hell of ever escaping the so-called hunter," said Richardson, a self-taught "Lion Whisperer" and first-time film producer. "Canned lion hunting, in my opinion, is likened to fishing with dynamite in a pond and then calling yourself a fisherman."
"White Lion" is about a rare white lion, who as a cub is cast out of his pride because of his color. He is near starvation when he befriends an older lion who teaches him the ways of the wild. John Kani, a Tony Award-winning actor and playwright, is the storyteller. A young man helps the lion, whose name is Letsatsi, because his Shangaan tribal tradition says a white lion is God's messenger and must be protected. Tension builds as Gisani becomes a tracker on a game farm where he and a foreign hunter encounter Letsatsi.
Trophy hunting is big business in South Africa, worth $91.2 million a year, according to the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa. Foreign tourists pay up to $40,000 to shoot a lion.
The government promotes hunting as a revenue source and calls it a "sustainable utilization of natural resources." Provincial governments sell permits allowing hunters to kill rhinos, elephants — even giraffes. Hunters killed 1,050 lions in 2008, the last year for which figures are available, according to the South African Predator Breeders Association.
The hunters' association says 16,394 foreign hunters — more than half from the United States — killed more than 46,000 animals in the year ending September 2007.
Almost all lions hunted under permit in South Africa are bred in captivity. But a new report by Animal Rights Africa says animals that wander out of the huge Kruger National Park into neighboring private reserves have become fair game.
About 3,600 lions were kept in breeding facilities in 2009, to be sold to zoos, safari farms and for hunting on game farms, said Albi Modise, spokesman for South Africa's Department of Environment.
Animal Rights Africa says trophy hunting is incompatible with South Africa's push into ecotourism, noting that ad campaigns promoting tourism and game viewing showcase the same species that are offered up to be hunted. The government in 2007 introduced legislation that would reduce the financial incentive to breed lions for the hunt but the Predator Breeders Association challenged the laws and earlier this year won an appeal.
Richardson, the movie's producer, first befriended a pair of lion cubs at the Lion Park outside Johannesburg 12 years ago, when the cubs were 6 months and he was 23. He began shortening his hours as a therapist in postoperative rehabilitation to play with his new friends. Soon, park owner Rodney Fuhr offered him a part-time job which became full time.
Today, Richardson cares for 39 lions at his 800-hectare (2,000-acre) Kingdom of the White Lion in Broederstroom, an hour and a half drive from Johannesburg, where the film was shot to include tawny gold lions as well as those born white because of a recessive gene.
Lions are nocturnal and spend most of the day sleeping, so filming was limited to a couple of hours in the morning and perhaps another couple in the afternoon — if the cats were willing. Letsatsi was portrayed by several different lions over the four years it took to make the movie. A cuddly cub filmed in the summer of 2006 might be sprouting a mohawk-style tuft of hair the following year, the precursor to a mane.
Richardson said he breaks every rule in the book in handling lions. On a recent morning, the lions welcomed Richardson with rumbling purrs. One shut his eyes in ecstasy and rolled onto his back as Richardson scratched his chin. Another licked Richardson's hand, the tongue as rough as sandpaper. Too many licks can cause bleeding.
Two 400-pound (180-kilogram) lions wrestled him to the ground and a lioness jumped on his back, covering Richardson for a tense minute. He emerged from a tangle of furry blond limbs, face red. One lion threw a casual paw on Richardson's shoulder.
"Ugh, no claws you naughty boy!" he admonished, slapping away a paw larger than his face.
He's been attacked by his lions twice. Once during filming, a lion named Thor grabbed Richardson's arm and pinned him against the cage holding the camera crews, who looked on terrified and unable to help.
"I thought: There goes my arm, and it's my own fault. I was provoking him to get a fight sequence that we needed," Richardson said. The lion stared him in the eyes for what seemed five minutes but couldn't have lasted more than a few seconds, before releasing him, he recalled.
"Lions are 99 percent chill and 1 percent lethal," Richardson said.;_ylt=AkcLm5W.4n_zZaE9v2PwZT5g.3QA;_ylu=X3oDMTRjaW1nNTB1BGFzc2V0Ay9zL2FwX3RyYXZlbC8yMDE... more
African lions are one step away from becoming an endangered species, and a measure designed to preserve them is to blame. A new study suggests that hunters who pay to shoot the animals are killing too many of the big cats.African lions are one step away from becoming an endangered species, and a measure... more
South Florida Animal Rights Activists Decry Penning of Wild Foxes and Coyotes - Capturing Wild Animals, Then Setting Dogs Upon Them to Tear Apart and KillSouth Florida Animal Rights Activists Decry Penning
June 20, 9:39 AMWest Palm Beach Animal Rights Examiner Michelle Rivera
Activists from South Florida will be attending The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 to hear arguments for ban on wildlife penning.
"Penning" is the practice of throwing wild animals into pens and setting dogs upon them. Wild foxes and coyotes are trapped in their natural habitats and transported, sometimes across state lines.
Penning involves releasing the foxes or coyotes from their pens into an unfamiliar environment. The dogs, having been worked up into a frenzy to get them started; chase the animals to the point of exhaustion. The event can go on for several hours a day over more than one day, depending on how long the wild animals, and dogs, can hold out. Once the wild fox or coyote is caught, the dogs are free to tear it apart. If the wild animal is lucky enough to survive the chase, it is returned to the pen area so that it can be used for bait once again. It does not matter if they are wounded, they are used again the next day anyway.
The hunters who take part in the blood sport of penning say that it is part of a training program to teach hunting dogs to track target animals. The dogs compete and are judged on how well they perform during the chase, however, so animal activists say it is a cruel blood sport that should be banned.
According to Florida state statute 828.122, also known as The Animal Fighting Act, baiting is illegal in the state of Florida. The pertinent component of the statute defines baiting as “to attack with violence, to provoke, or to harass an animal with one or more animals for the purpose of training an animal for or to cause an animal to engage in fights with or among other animals…”
Since the coyotes, and/or foxes clearly are fighting for their lives, animal rights activists charge that this statute applies to penning. Proponents of penning argue that pens fall under the exemptions to the baiting law. However, if that is true, penning is in the same category of sport as those activities prohibited and the spirit of the law must be taken into consideration.
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Legislative Representative Jennifer Hobgood says “Last fall, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrested 12 individuals for illegal activity related to fox pens. Also during this time a family living next door to a pen in Holt, Florida witnessed coyotes being repeatedly torn apart by dogs up against fence lines.” The neighborhood has organized an effort to stop coyote and fox penning and has a website called Training Not Torture where people can access a video.
The HSUS asserts that the vast number of Floridians would not condone this activity. “People who participate in fox and coyote penning have attended past meetings in large numbers, which makes it appear that more people support this activity than the few who actually do.” Says Hobgood.
Animal rights advocates and hunters who engage in penning are expected to square off at the meeting which is expected to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Orlando Marriot in Lake Mary.South Florida Animal Rights Activists Decry Penning June 20, 9:39 AMWest Palm Beach... more
Besides being a phenomenal musician and closet scientist, Brian May is looking out for our furry counterparts with a new self-funded campaign that is just a few crucial weeks away from making a massive difference.
http://www.ecorazzi.com/2010/04/15/queen-guitarist-fights-to-keep-blood-sports-in-past-where-they-belong/Besides being a phenomenal musician and closet scientist, Brian May is looking out for... more
Tofu Hunter, on Adult Swim’s game website, is a fairly basic point-and-shoot hunting game, with a very unique and humorous twist – instead of hunting ‘normal’ animals, you are hunting tofu. It is apparently a funny little dig at vegetarians, who are always telling us that ‘meat is murder’.
http://www.flashgamenews.com/tofu-hunterTofu Hunter, on Adult Swim’s game website, is a fairly basic point-and-shoot... more
by Stephanie Ernst
Published December 15, 2009 @ 06:55AM PT Took, harvested, bagged, downed, secured, dispatched. A whole lot of euphemisms for one very basic concept: brutal killing.
In this horrifying blog post for "sportsmen" on a Pennsylvania news site, about the joyful "successes" of area bear hunters, the above euphemisms for killing were used 20 times. And animal advocates, I'll warn you now: you may not want to put yourself through reading the story and seeing the bloody photos. The animals' final, frightened, fleeing moments are recounted gleefully, with not a single thought given to what their experience of this "sport" was like.
The callousness and disregard, from both the blogger and the hunters, are disturbing. Take this, for example, which happened minutes after a human dad gunned down a two-year-old female bear, with the help of a "driving gang of 20-25 hunters":
When Dave discovered that other hunters in the gang had shot at and maybe hit another bear in the same area but were not concerned with confirming a hit, kill or miss, he went in search of any evidence he could find.
He soon found a blood trail and followed it into a thick stand of laurel, where he spotted an injured bear struggling to rise among a tangle of fallen trees. Only after dispatching the animal did the senior Mrksic discover that it was a smaller bear than his sons.
No sympathy for the struggling, suffering, terrified young animal. Just excitement that someone else had made this an easy kill for them. Just anticipation of getting matching father-and-son "shoulder mounts made from their bears" for a wall display at home. Such an enormous disconnect here, such a lack of connection with and understanding of what it is they're doing, of how that bear is feeling.
Someone want to tell me yet again about how hunters are "respectful" of the animals they kill? How we should respect and work with them, rather than challenge their mindset and perspectives, when it comes to conservation and protection of free-living animals?
Screw that. Hunt sabs and challenges to -- and frankly, outright violations of -- hunter harassment laws look better and better sometimes, don't they?
Photo by Flickr user brownpauby Stephanie Ernst Published December 15, 2009 @ 06:55AM PT Took, harvested,... more
In the Premiere webisode, the ParaAbnormal Team investigates an infamous ghostly sex-tape. Watch weekly webisodes on www.paraabnormal.tv or follow us on twitter @ParaabnormalTVIn the Premiere webisode, the ParaAbnormal Team investigates an infamous ghostly... more
Losers by day -- ghost hunters by night. From the garage of his unapproving mother's home, soldier of all that is good, Ken Livingston, leads a team of supernatural investigators in a search for truth, justice and poltergeists. In each episode, our heroes confront paraabnormalities that no other team would dare -- busting ghosts caught on sex tapes, braving motel rooms that kill(and have no cable or turndown service), and seducing succubi. They are not normal...they are ParaAbnormal.www.paraabnormal.tv Losers by day -- ghost hunters by night. From the garage of his... more
Yesterday I had found a dead deer in the Prentice Cooper State Forest and its carcass lying in water that flows into Suck Creek in Marion County just north of Chattanooga, Tennessee. I reported it to the State Forestry officials upon my finding it. No one from the Tennessee State Forestry Prentice Cooper Division called me back. So, I went prepared today to remove the deer from the water of the Prentice Cooper State Forest property. I discovered that this deer had been killed by poachers. The video shows that the area where the antlers were was cut out with precision. I, on the video, had said someone had removed its brain, but I was kind of upset and not thinking clearly. What I should have said was that someone had removed its antlers.
When I got home, I tried to contact the Prentice Cooper State Forest officials to tell them that I had removed the deer and they could come retrieve the carcass and dispose of it, however, I could not reach them. So, I called the Tennessee Environmental Assistance Center of the Tennessee Department of Conservation and spoke thoroughly about this matter describing it to him. He told me that based upon what I was telling him, poachers had killed this animal and cut off the antlers and bone out of the head with a saw. He was very concerned and said that I could rest assured that he was as concerned about this matter as I was and that he would follow through on this matter and have the carcass picked up. He also went on to say that this was a crime and that the officials of the Prentice Cooper State Forest should have immediately followed up on this from the initial report and that they would be hearing from his office. I admit I do not remove dogs or animals on a daily basis and this was kind of an emotional incident for me and at the same time it made me angry. I do not mind getting my hands dirty. I do not mind taking part in keeping our natural resources clean and well-kept. I am very much for the protection of our natural resources and am not afraid to say it or show it.
So, anyway. I hope that everyone will try to bare with me and understand that this was a threat to the health of others; it also is a federal offense to kill deer when out of season as it is against the law to kill other animals; it is also an outright shame and is disgusting to throw the carcass of a dead animal into the area of a State Forest or anywhere in the water that leads into our creeks and rivers. This is a felony. Should they ever catch someone committing or taking part in this activity there will be grave penalties. It is a highly punishable crime to kill wildlife when it is prohibited or no license or not in season.
I know that looking at it from the sick individuals point of view that did this, they did not have time to take it away, "man, just cut it off and lets go." Well, that view is WRONG! So suck it up if you want to argue about this. Because it is flat out WRONG! Take a stand for what you say you believe in.Yesterday I had found a dead deer in the Prentice Cooper State Forest and its carcass... more