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SUNRISE AT DEATH VALLEY-Photo by Tom Cochrun

Monday, April 30, 2012

THE KILL IS TOO WIDE

MOST AMERICANS HAVE NO IDEA
     Tom Knudson's investigative series in The Sacramento Bee this week is highly recommended reading.
     Knudson writes about the little known Wildlife Services
branch of the Department of Agriculture.  The Wildlife Services branch is a killing service funded with an annual budget of $72.5 Million.
      As Knudson writes
"Sometimes wild animals must be destroyed-from bears that ransack mountain cabins to geese swirling over an airport runway. But because lethal control stirs strong emotions, Wildlife services prefers to operate in the shadows."
       In my view, it is the information about the manner in which they "operate in the shadows" that is, in the least, troubling if not damning.  Animals that should not be destroyed, are.  Policies and operating procedures are violated, information is hidden or often covered up and humans have been injured as well.  Link above for an eye opening and well done journalistic effort. As one of the sources in the piece is quoted "99% of Americans don't have a clue about this agency."
     Those of you who have followed this blog may recall one of our areas of interest since moving to the far west is watching this area of human and wildlife interaction.
DAY BOOK
CAPTURED MOMENTS
 






See you down the trail.  

3 comments:

  1. You always work me up with your commentary and then calm me down with beautiful photography. I'm often left feeling grateful for our beautiful planet yet too angry to spit. It may not sound like it, but that was supposed to be a compliment.

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  2. And taken as one. Thanks Stephen.

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  3. Fantastic Series sample.

    Fantastically Long Series.

    Good that you presented it to us. =w=

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