Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Who Needs Sandhill Cranes? State Wildlife Officials Prepare to Knuckle Under to Elmer Fudd

Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM

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State wildlife officials are deciding this week whether to let hunters kill sandhill cranes in Tennessee, a proposal that’s really ruffling the feathers of birders and nature lovers. Stupid puns aside, this is serious business — yet another outrage against common sense and reason courtesy of our increasingly absurd state government.

Sandhill cranes are majestic birds and beautiful to see — so much so that a popular wildlife festival is held every January surrounding their annual migration through Tennessee. The endangered whooping crane flies with them, and hunters inevitably will kill some of the whoopers too while they’re shooting at the sandhills.

So this proposal will hurt the state’s growing eco-tourism industry and — for bonus points — it could jeopardize the recovery of a vanishing species. And why would we consider such a stupid thing? So a bunch of Elmer Fudds can don camo, strut around with their guns and blaze away at the sky for fun. Yahoooooo!

Jane Goodall and Jimmy Carter are among the many opponents of this idea. They have spoken out and that only seems to have inflamed the hunters, who see Goodall and Carter as a couple of interfering pussbags. Hunters now are looking at shooting cranes as some kind of God-given right, so get ready for the sandhill crane hunting season.

Update: TWRA to recommend compromise on hunting season.

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