I was out on the beach today with friends and as usual, the conversation turned to access issues. I should say something like "extended family", really, as Ive known these folks for years and fished with them many times. We're not related in any way except for the collective deep love of the seashore and the good times we've had. One of the neatest part of the "experience" that is this Seashore is that over time you meet folks from all over who you see time after time on the beach. My friends today were from Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, Virginia, New Jersey and of course N.C.
Somebody made mention of the animal slaughter that's going on here annually in the name of protecting other wildlife.
And then I came home and read this incredulous story. As you read this, think of the annual slaughter, think of the thousands of geese that USFWS killed a couple years back, think of the current ghost crab hunt that NPS has quietly started....ALL KILLING WILDLIFE!
"Wildlife managers enlist skunks, badgers to control pelican population at SE Idaho reservoir
By Associated Press
12:32 p.m. EDT, April 21, 2010
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is enlisting badgers and skunks in its fight against pelicans that are eating too many sport fish and hurting sensitive populations of Yellowstone cutthroat trout.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game managers released three badgers and two skunks last week on Gull Island in southeastern Idaho's Blackfoot Reservoir.
Last year, federal officials rejected Idaho's plan to shoot birds and oil eggs to halve the nesting pelican population in southern and eastern Idaho by 2013.
Federal officials dubbed that an "eradication program."
So now, state managers are releasing predators, even though they opted against doing so in 2009 because they feared that badgers and skunks could hurt colonies of other nesting birds."
This is utterly astounding! What the hell are they doing here that "federal officials rejected" elsewhere?
See how insane this stuff gets?
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