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Hope you're ok Mike.
I suppose this was a mercy killing.....Good 'ol Mr. Culverwell did them poor elk a "favor" by putting them down....If ignorance is bliss, you should be one happy person!
What some call progress, some call the rape of our mother (earth). Conservation is ok. Mindless slaughtering of our precious elk herds is inexcusable. At the very least, it was a huge waste of meat. There are many families in our area who could have used the meat. Land ownership is a fairly modern concept in North America. Do we really ever own the land? Do we own the elk? Is it really our place to kill them when they want our hay? Is leaving them to rot not a crime? The elk do not know who's land they're on or understand land ownership. I am a hunter and I dislike it when I hear about the poor choices this man made. Justification of killing elk out of season and without governmental approval is no less than any other crime. Murderers and shoplifters and thieves make justifications for their actions. Sometimes we can have empathy for why a person committed a crime and still--the law is the law! Mr. Culverwell not only violated the laws of man, but also the laws of nature. It is a shame.
Stop kissing butt on the ranchers and start managing the herds for the hunters which outnumber them 20 to 1. Several community members voiced strong opinions for feeding the deer and elk last winter....and now everyone is crying about the big game population. Those of you who were against it---you made your bed now lye in it! I get really angry when I don't get meat in the freezer due to poor management, stupid choices, and not well thought out opinions. Elk and deer are a huge resource to this community. We need to not make this mistake again.
Alcohol should be served at all events. It's part of our culture. If you don't like it, leave. We've been doing it this way for a hundred years...why change now? Besides....Drunk people passed out at ball games give the kids an opportunity to make some extra money by rolling them. Seriously, though--The kids are the ones who this is about. Why not ask them what they want? It should be up to them because it has everything to do with them. It has nothing to do with us adults and I think is should be all about the kids.
The only positive associated with raising gas prices is that I've finally been able to face my fear of embarrassment in riding a scooter. Interestingly enough, I've also most recently noticed an attraction to women with some meat on their bones....strange.
Housework, just because "we've been doing it that way for years" is not good reason to continue. You are sounding a little like a stick in the mud. I agree that we need to start addressing the problem at home at an early age.
Best of luck Mr. C. I know you surely inspired me...Thanks very much for giving me some hope and aiding me on my path toward following my ambitions and ethics! The world is a better place because of you!
It seems like this argument is so heated because there may be a bigger issue at hand. Control maybe? Two extreme points of view. I am hearing a lot of all or nothing and "either you're for the prairie dogs or a filthy murderer of god's animals". I am also hearing "either you're pro-killing prairie dogs or you're anti-hunter scum and anti-gun". (obviously I am putting my own thoughts into this) Locals seem to see control of our animals and resources as a form of control from "outsiders". ..and it seems like a lot of outsiders are trying to have their say in a place where they have not yet earned the privilege. Control. To me, I see many truths in what everyone is saying. "Conservation" comes to mind and "middle ground". I see this as an error in our thinking. It just seems like we have to be on one side or another and be very extreme with our points just to achieve middle ground. There is no harm in compromise, in disagreeing or agreeing with the opposite side. Why do we need opposite sides? Why is it so hard for us humans to see something as it truely is? My thoughts on this subject are something like this........why not just shoot the little rascals in places(farms and ranches and range and our back yards) where they are a nuisance and let them be--in places where they aren't hurting anything. It makes no sense to bother something that has not given you any trouble. I see one side being control freaks who are terrified the world is going to end if we kill the 'dogs and another side that seems very ego-driven and full of false pride. I see ignorance on both sides as well as insight.
A lot of all or nothing when it comes to the elk and the humane society.....interesting. Let's bash the humane society? Foolish. As a fellow hunter and outdoorsman, the humane society does not represent my personal beliefs completely, but why bash them when they're right. The men who did this are garbage and give all northwest Coloradoans a bad name....and I would never....never make the mistake of putting them in the mix with hunters. All true hunters were appalled by their actions. Punish them to the maximum extent of the law!
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