This series of blog postings contains the most recent Internet articles that interest me. They are sources for my musings and my research which I am happy to share with you. If you find any of the articles in this series interesting, I hope that you will offer your comments at the end of the list.
Instead of sharing a number of Internet articles this week, I want to share a priceless parody and commentary on macho Idaho wolf hunters. Sadly, every implication is true. This is being reposted with permission from blogger Rick Merill who posts a lot of great information on apex predators. I love what he regularly presents to us. Please visit his blog.
One of Rick’s readers sent him an email which sarcastically (but truthfully) poked at Idaho hunters. Rick explains”
“One of our Blog readers has a knack for parody and outright sarcasm as it relates to the State Of Idaho seemingly consumed with the need to kill as many Wolves as they possibly can. Does anyone do any legitimate work in Idaho? Does anyone bother to read in Idaho? You would think that you are watching a Science Fiction film about invaders from Mars when you read the daily diatribe against Wolves that is published, broadcast and “tabletop talked” at saloons and taverns across this State on a daily basis. To be fair, Americans of all stripes have certain concerns about living wild animals in their midst. But just as fair, many of these same Americans are at least willing to open their minds a bit about co-existence with “The Creator’s” other carnivorous creatures.The movie NOAH, starring Russell Crowe is coming out in a few weeks. If there is a God or Gods or a Force that is responsible for all living things on this Planet(for each of us to have our own thoughts and beliefs yea and nay on this matter), “he, she or it” seems to have wanted all of life’s creation to “spread their wings, multiply and take their rightful place in the circle of life. Biodiversity with the creatures that bite, sting, growl and roar were allowed on Noah’s Ark just like those creatures that mewed, purred and neighed. WAKE UP FELLOW IDAHO NEIGHBORS,AND ALL OF YOU OTHER AMERICANS WHO ARE SO QUICK TO KILL WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH CARNIVORES IN OUR MIDST. The Wolves, Pumas, Bears, Coyotes, Wolverines, Foxes, Alligators, Sharks, et al. merit their place alongside us. If we want the most robust gene pool and “planet potential positive” conditions for ourselves and future generations, then we do need to retain and nurture all of the “cogs and wheels”, not just those we want to hunt, eat, pet or farm. Thank you Annonymous Blog Reader for your “tongue-in-cheek” take on our Wolf crazed Idaho neighbors. May they (and all of us) wake up and embrace all of life around us. REMEMBER, ONCE AN ORGANISM IS GONE, IT IS GONE AND WE NEVER CAN BRING EM BACK–WE HAVE EXTERMINATED TOO MANY OF CREATURES ALREADY—NO MORE CARNAGE! “
Then, from his anonymous blog reader, Rick treats us to this priceless but very sick parody:
Long Range Tactical hunters join State and Federal officials in hunt for killer wolf in Sun Valley. OK folks. I still have tears running down my cheeks – not from crying but from laughing so hard. I see that Idaho For Wildlife have sent in Delta Force hunters to take out wolves west of Hailey, Idaho.
You see in Idaho hunters are not just run of the mill hunters. Our Idaho hunters, especially those who belong to anti-wolf groups like Idaho For Wildlife or Save Western Wildlife, are known as, now here goes, Long Range Tactical Hunters.
Yes, because this wolf is so aggressive as to have killed a “baby horse” and attacked two dogs, we have some of Idaho elite hunters after the wolf NOT TO MENTION, Wildlife Services in an airplane circling over head to instill “shock and awe” into this wolf. I am amazed that Wildlife Services hasn’t employed these elite gunmen decades ago but I guess I didn’t know that such men existed except in our military.
I do know that they have a non-fiction book entitled Warrior Dreams that wannabee “Long Range Tactical Hunters” should read, if they know how. I read the book and realized that I am just about the right age to become one of these tactical specimens because they normally are baby-boomer age with gray hair, large bellies and beards of various sorts.
Camo is what they wear from morning til night often with headgear labeled NRA and have slogans on their diesels talking about “Smoke-A-Pack-A-Day” which I assume are Lucky Strikes.
Now I don’t know if you’ve seen any of Idaho’s “Long Range Tactical Hunters” or not but usually they drive big diesel pickups with ATVs in the back and wear camo clothes, carry guns on their hips, ankles, and in shoulder holsters along with larger automatic weapons with banana clips slung over their shoulders but seldom walk if they can ride their ATVs, Rhinos or snow machines – of course all with silent engines in “stealth mode” when in pursuit of wolves so as not to scare them when they sneak up on them.
You can kind of get the pulse beat of this operation when you read the attached email from this anti-wolf group – people putting $100 bills on their windshield and all. You see “Long Range Tactical Hunters” take this hunting serious in Idaho, especially when the animal is a non-Native, gigantic, mega Canuck wolf from way up North in Canada where wolves run in packs – this in contrast to the normal coyote-size wolves that hunted rabbits as solitary animals and lived in harmony with ranchers before the wolf reintroduction.
These oversized, bloodthirsty wolves that were reintroduced and hunt baby horses because of their genetic inclination for “reflex sport-killing take real men to hunt them down”. Whiskey and beer are often part of the tactical teams tool chest and helps fuel their courage until they can hit a steakhouse to “beef up” for tomorrow’s hunt. I wish I had video footage of these athletic “Long Range Tactical Hunters” storming the hillsides around Hailey but this operation is covert because these men don’t want other average, run-of-the-mill hunters seeing their tactics in action.
Never before in history have Wildlife Services and Idaho’s “Long Range Tactical Hunters” teamed up to go after wolves before but with Governor Otters $2 million “wolf kill bill” funded for years to come I am guessing these men will probably introduce drones into the equation too, except I heard that Wildlife Services were going to take their marbles and go home if drones got in the way of their airplanes and helicopters.
Well, I have to reread this email one more time because my doctor tells me that hysterical laughing is really good for blood pressure and health and now that my eyes have cleared up from my last uncontrollable chuckles, I’m ready to risk it one more time.
Don’t hesitate to share this with others, but realize, we take wolf killin’ seriously in Idaho, so if anybody thinks they want to come and hunt for this wolf, I think they should at least be X Marines, X Navy Seals, or X Rangers because that would be the only kind of men/women that could match the caliber (no pun intended) of our “LONG RANGE TACTICAL HUNTERS” in Idaho.
PS – as IdahoForWolves says: “Hopefully this dangerous wolf will be brought down soon!”
Year after year, Idaho demonstrates its intolerance for wolves. Idaho Department of Fish and Game, while tasked with preserving all of Idaho’s wildlife, continues to ratchet up hunting, trapping and snaring pressure on Idaho’s diminishing wolf population.
My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.