He’s going to Montana to help Greg Gianforte with his campaign for the U.S. House seat vacated by Ryan Zinke (the new Secretary of the Interior). Gianforte is reveling in the the occasion:
“As good Montanans, we want to show good hospitality to people. What can be more fun than to spend an afternoon shooting the little rodents?”
That’s quoted at Yahoo News, where the headline says there’s “backlash.” Backlash at taking out plague-ridden vermin? Who is backlashing?
[P]rairie dogs are also listed as a species of concern by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks because their numbers have declined and because of threats like disease.
They carry disease. The disease is bubonic plague! Isn’t this a concern that supports culling them?
More than 100 other animals depend on the prairie dog as food or move into the burrows they dig, said Lindsey Sterling Krank, the organization’s director for its Prairie Dog Coalition. Now is the time year when prairie dogs are still nursing their new offspring, meaning hunters who shoot lactating females are condemning the pups to starvation, Sterling Krank said.
“I would love to take Donald Trump Jr. out with a spotting scope and shoot the prairie dog with our cameras,” Sterling Krank said. “Shooting a prairie dog colony is not a good conservation message.”
Gianforte, whose campaign has focused on gun rights, dismissed the organization’s concerns. “Clearly they’ve never shot a prairie dog,” he said. “They don’t know how much fun it is.”
The lines are drawn. Montanans will vote and get the Congressperson they want. I’ll just say I love the name Lindsey Sterling Krank. Oh! I see I’ve said that before…
… the director of the Prairie Dog Coalition, an “environmental scientist,” with the sublimely perfect name Lindsey Sterling Krank….
That was back in 2015, in the context of Boulder, Colorado’s Naropa University, which had a big prairie dog colony on land where it wanted to put up some new buildings.
“All of sudden it was, ‘The Buddhists want to kill the prairie dogs,’ but we had no intention of killing them,” said [Naropa spokesman Bill] Rigler, who isn’t a Buddhist. “The very act of applying for a [lethal control] permit triggers an open comment period, which gives everyone the opportunity to say, ‘I have a site for relocation,’ or put forward other ideas.”
I wonder how that dispute worked out? Did the Buddhists give in to the dogs?