Archive for July, 2008

Six Legged Deer Found in Georgia

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
Six Legged Deer

Six Legged Deer

Veterinarians at Berry College, in Rome, Georgia, were brought a 6 legged deer after it was mauled by a dog.  The deer has two distinct pelvises and is actively trying to use one leg from each pelvis.  It appears to me that the fawn absorbed a twin in utero, but was not able to completely absorb the second twin.

You can also see a video of the six legged deer by clicking here. (I have found the video to be very slow, so be patient.)  The little guy can get around quite well.  They think he was doing fine until caught by the dogs.  He did have to have one of his two tails amputated because of the dog attack.

They are going to try to keep this fawn in captivity.  I am sure that his extra limbs would continue to make him susceptible to attack from predators.  He may end up at the University of Georgia to be studied.  I know that anomalies like this often don’t last long in nature…the whole survival of the fittest thing.  But it is kind of neat to see when it does happen.  I wonder if they will ever be able to figure out what caused this to happen.

Wolves Re-Listed (Temporarily) by Judge

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

According to an Associated Press Article, environmentalists have sued to get their way in a Montana court. A federal judge, Donald Molloy granted a temporary injunction to restore the wolves’ earlier classification as “endangered”, which will cancel the planned hunting seasons in 3 states this fall. He will be making a decision shortly as to whether the injunction will become permanent. Based on what he has already said, it seems likely that this judge will side with the environmentalists, and re-list the wolves, contrary to the recommendation of the federal and state biologists and wildlife agencies.

I don’t live in the west, and I don’t know first hand what is going on with the wolves. However, I am always leery when I hear that one group or another has to get its way by suing in the court system. The wildlife agencies are best equipped (at least in most cases) to make sound judgments concerning the populations of the various species, and they are equipped to decide what needs to be done to control the populations. There was plenty of evidence to support de-listing the wolves, but those who are against ALL hunting are having their way with this species by taking it to the courts.

The fear I have in all of this is that if they can gain such power to control what does or does not happen with the wolves, what will keep them from taking the next step and extending that power to other game species? The answer is: nothing! Anti-hunters have used the court systems to stop hunting for years, and they will continue to do it as long as they can find a sympathetic judge, who thinks that he (or she) knows better than the biologists on the ground.

This is another example of judges trying to legislate from the bench, and it is just plain wrong. This judge was not enforcing law, he was writing it.

Maybe those of you who are closer to the issue can chime in here, and let me know what you think of this decision. Those of you who are not affected by this particular decision, let me know how you would react if this judge allowed environmentalists to stand in the way of your hunting. I know this has happened recently in some norther states (with dove hunting), and I believe in New Jersey with bear hunting. That’s getting a little closer to home for me!

EDIT:  After publishing this, I found that Tom over at the Black Bear Blog has an excellent post on the same subject.  If you haven’t seen it, head over there and take a gander!

Another “Hunting” Accident

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Moving on to something a bit less controversial.  My sister-in-law pointed me to this article on Fox News that relates an abnormal “hunting” accident.

Evidently a woman saw mice in her trailer and decided the best way to get rid of them was with a .44 magnum.  That’s a bit of an overkill if you ask me.  My pellet gun has worked fine under such circumstances.  She managed to drop the gun, which discharged, shooting her through the kneecap, and then ricocheted off of some keys and hit another person in the trailer.  Two for one.  Stupid is as stupid does.

The sad thing is, this will probably end up in a statistics list of hunting accidents.  We all know that they try to inflate those statistics every year!  However, even though it is very serious to see someone mishandle a firearm in such a way, the circumstances do have to bring a slight smile to your face.  At least no one was killed.  If they had been, they’d be a ringer for the Darwin Awards!  I think they should get a “near miss.”

WV Wildlife Management Area to Be Closed to Sportsmen!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

I think you all probably have figured out that I am not against coal mining, and even MTR coal mining if it is done responsibly. I also know that some have made good arguments about there not being a responsible way to do it. I’m happy to read the discussions, and see the rational arguments on both sides (and many of the arguments on both sides are very irrational). But this isn’t really about that argument.

I found a disturbing article today about a Public Hunting Area here in West Virginia closing down because of coal mining.  The Fork Creek Wildlife Management Area will be closing because of mining operations in the area, which will cut off the only entrance into the hunting area.  After July 31st, there will be no entry into the Wildlife Management area.

What bothers me here is not the fact that there is an area near the WMA that is to be mined.  What bothers me is that they are allowed to cut off the only road into the area.  It would not be difficult for the coal company to make another road into the area so that there will be access for sportsmen.

Now, let me be clear.  The land that is in question has been leased to the State by the Armco Steel Corporation, which means that they can cancel the lease at any time.  However, this is just the kind of thing that gives “big coal” a bad name!  It gives fuel to those that oppose all types of coal mining, and causes there to be bad blood between sportsmen and the coal industry.

Just a few years ago, we lost one of the places that we had been hunting for years.  In fact, my dad and uncle had been hunting it for better than 30-40 years, because a coal company decided to exercise their rights on a lease.  They staked it off, and posted it, but then never actually started mining the coal.  And yet, we can’t go in and hunt!  I wouldn’t mind it nearly so much if they were actively mining the coal from that region!  Fortunately, we now have an even better area to hunt.

I would really like to see the coal mining industry make a stronger effort to be on good terms with the people of the state of WV.  It is our industry, and it is needed to make our economy go.  Those who want to completely wipe out coal mining in this state would pronounce a death sentence on the state.  Without mining, this state would become a “ghost state.”  But, that is just the reason the coal industry should give back to the state.  It would not be difficult, or expensive, to put in a secondary road into the WMA, so why not do that instead of closing it down completely?