Craig To the editor:
I woke up this morning craving fish, so I went to the store to buy some. To my surprise, the label on the package said it was a product of China. What a shock.
Now this got me thinking, what am I doing buying fish anyway? I live in Moffat County, where there is more fish and game than you can shake a stick at.
Then, I remembered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Colorado Division of Wildlife have been taking the edible fish out of the Yampa so that the squawfish, chub and razorback can be re-established.
This year, they will euthanize (fancy word for kill) them.
Isn't that against the law, waste and destruction of wildlife, fishing with a net, over limit and many more?
Now, this is not the first in a long list of infractions by the DOW. What about the time they found Chronic Wasting Disease in this county? The DOW freaked out and flew planes shooting hundreds of deer. More blatant law violations.
So here is an agency that breaks its own laws. What does that teach our children? What example does it show the public?
What about all the deer and elk that starved this winter. I didn't hear of the DOW doing much to save them here in Moffat County. I wonder why? Maybe because they know the ranches here can handle the feeding for free and the DOW doesn't have to lift a finger.
Well, now that we see the integrity of our wildlife agencies, I say we fix these little problems of lawlessness ourselves.
I propose that first we send all the employees that shock the fish over to Rodney Culverwell's place, because he knows what to do when there is a problem. Then let's take all the animals that starved this winter and send them to the Humane Society with their superior self-righteousness so they can resurrect them from the dead.
But, the DOW won't like that because they have been trying to get the population down for years. The DOW can then write them tickets for illegal possession of wildlife, and they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, because nobody deserves that much self-righteousness.
Now, the DOW will not allow the animals to be released because they had CWD to begin with, so they will shoot them, and they will have to die all over again.
Well, that takes care of some, but not all of the problems. For now, I'm happy I can go fishing on the river again, have a good meal without giving China my hard-earned money for something I have right in my own backyard.
Oh, by the way Rodney, thank you for being one of the most genuine people in Moffat County.
I would ride the river with you any day. Good luck.