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Illegal Bison Hunts Deemed Just Fine

Imagine: you are making breakfast in your quaint Yellowstone area home and you look out the window above your sink. You see a man about a hundred yards away stalking something and he is armed with two high powered rifles. He walks just a few feet outside your property line, squats down and takes three shots. His target is one of the last truly wild American bison left, one of about three thousand that can't get an endangered species listing because of centuries-old politics that originated with a blatant effort to wipe out the very way of life of America's original inhabitants.
The animal crosses into your property but the hunter continues to shoot until the animal drops. You notice that the hunter has taken aim in a direction that could endanger houses and residents there in an area across a wide meadow.

There is a law that says that if you fire from within 150 yards of a residence that you will be punished by law but that only applies if the hunter manages to step onto the nearby strip of National Forest, it being a National Forest Service law. Since he is on private property to begin with, with permission by the owner to be there, he can fire from within fifty feet of your personal piece of mind if he so desires, so on that count he escapes prosecution.

As well, it is the law that he cannot shoot onto your property without your permission but he has done so, flirting with morality or a lack thereof since he can be said to have been trying to bring down an injured animal. It could be seen as humane were it not for the fact that the hunt itself, as implemented by Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, is far from humane. As well, this man has recklessly endangered nearby residents by firing in the general direction of houses.

I ask you to imagine just a little while longer, this real case scenario:

The Buffalo Field Campaign, the only group working in the field DAILY to protect and document the ongoing slaughter of the only CONTINUOUSLY wild herd of bison left anywhere, manages to film it all and the appropriate authorities arrive and the film is looked at; the hunter is charged.

Just a few days later, a judge rules that this hunter will lose no hunting privileges and will get to keep the meat that was taken by the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. The judge has not even viewed the video, apparently putting his own sense of politics ahead of any evidence.

What would YOU do?

Don't get me wrong: I, personally, support ethical hunts. This is not one and hunters are themselves being misled. Were there habitat for these great American icons of any significance, such hunters would not be so desperate. Most hunters are getting taken advantage of. The taxpayers of America and especially those of Montana are being taken advantage of. The bison themselves are being eradicated.

Please support the Buffalo Field Campaign. Their website is here

Sincerely,
Eric Daniel Stewart. [BFC volunteer - representing only myself]

More here (including video of the illegal hunt):
 http://eeng.net/CS/blogs/smileycoyote/archive/2007/01/28/251.aspx

link 28.Jan.2007 19:59

to get to bfc website:

http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

What would I do? 29.Jan.2007 01:28

I would

Sue him in civil court!

sue him for what? 30.Jan.2007 11:42

dank

sue him for what?

participation in a federal and state sanctioned and state run hunt?

destruction of public property encoucaraged, licenced, and regulated by the state?

loss of ecosystem balance?

callousness?

disrespect?

Our civil justice system is not equiped or oriented to deal with ecosystem issues and our laws dont address it either

It is a hollow promise of bullshit libertarians and property rights wackos when the they suggest civil courts will solve environmental conflicts

To top it off civil courts screen out all but the rich and their judiciary are not held to as high of a standard and are often stacked by local politicians.