birds of a feather?
OH? Not that kind?
The divide between those who live in rural areas and those from cities ruptured wide this past weekend across America in a debate over a provocative photo of California Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards and a huge mountain lion he shot legally after an 8-hour hunt in Idaho.
Some comments on Facebook suggest that Richards should be the one hunted and shot [like you got the
stonesskillz...], that he should be jailed [for doing something completely legal?], that is unethical to shoot anything you do not eat [I was unable to find where he said he did/did not eat his kill], and hunting of any kind is barbaric [you're gonna survive the apocalypse well...].
And, from friends’ experience, I hear Big Kitteh is delicious. Just for knowing…
The photo first appeared in Western Outdoor News [here] as an innocuous sidebar to a column post by Paul Lebowitz, 2010 California Outdoor Writer of the Year. The Humane Society of the United States, an anti-hunting organization, then copied and circulated the photo around the country.
I thought they were all about the safety of the horses and saving the kittehs and puppies? I believe I will now tear in half their demand I pay a Dog Tax before I toss it in the trash.
Some think that mountain lions are a threatened or endangered species. They are neither. Wildlife biologists say that lions are healthy and abundant in much of California. Mountain lions are rather a specially protected species in California by a law created by a voter’s initiative, not by wildlife biologists.
A CA law created by playing on the ignorance of urbanites, the cuteness of kittens and Big Fat Lies™.
I can attest that as of last month our Lion is happy, healthy and too damned calm about humans. I encountered him as I went back up to the arena — an hour after 3 women and 4 horses spend about 4 hours noisily working in the arena — trotting up the hill like he was in his own territory. No, Sir. This here, with the cows and the horses and the dogs and the humans — THIS territory is MINE.
And here come the herds of ProgPrey:
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom joined a growing chorus of people urging the president of the California Fish and Game Commission to resign over a photograph showing him gleefully lifting the dead body of a mountain lion.
Gavin. Honey. You would show the same amount of “glee” after a success in one of your “dangerous hunts”: an 8-hour shopping trip at WilkesBashford.
Richards bagged his trophy in Idaho, where hunting mountain lion is legal, but Newsom pointed out that sport hunting of the big cats has been illegal in California since 1972…
“While not in California at the time, your actions call into question whether you can live up to the calling of your office,” Newsom wrote to Richards. “I do appreciate that you did nothing illegal in Idaho, but it is clear that your actions do not reflect the values of the people of California.”
Wondering…. Where does “reflect the ‘values’ of most of the urban
idjits ignoratti mushbrains of CA” come in the job description of the president of the California Fish and Game Commission?
Newsom reminded Richards that he is required to not only comply with conservation laws, but also work in the best interests of the people and state wildlife.
“Your continued presence on the Commission is a distraction from those important issues,” Newsom continued. “As such, I am prevailing on your sense of civic service to respectfully request you resign, effective immediately, so we can move on to the pressing issues facing our great state.”
I dunno. Considering you didn’t resign after you treed and bagged your ‘best friend’s’ wife, I don’t think you’ve got a lot of room to throw stones.
And maybe you can explain how hunting a kitteh out of state impacts the Ginormous Debt created by being beholden to the public unions has created for CA?