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X-posted--Gunshot wounds [Nov. 8th, 2003|02:04 pm]
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This is such a cool icon! Crystal made it.

In much more serious news, I just got back from the wildlife center. I had been expecting the Great Horned Owl, who had been shot a few weeks before, to be the only rehab animal. But today I learned that in one week, two more birds of prey had been shot. They were a red-tailed hawk and a red-shouldered hawk. The red-tail was shot with a new kind of pellet that apparently explodes on impact, so (s)he didn't stand a chance. I won't even get into the details.
The red-shouldered hawk and the great-horned owl were both shot on the wing with regular bullets, so they should recover and hopefully be released next spring.
But why so many gunshot wounds all of a sudden? I know it's hunting season, but that's definitely no excuse to make an animal suffer like this. It makes me so mad, and the fact that these birds were found in different areas makes it even worse. Apparently there are a lot of people out there shooting animals, even ones that are illegal to shoot, such as birds of prey like these three. These deaths and injuries could and should have been prevented. There's no excuse.

[User Picture]From: eeepeeep
2003-11-08 11:08 pm (UTC)
No, there really isn't an excuse for it. No responsable hunter would have shot anywhere near these birds, these people don't belong out in the field.

I am jealous that you get to work at a wildlife center, lucky!
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2003-11-09 05:56 pm (UTC)
I agree--I wish there was some way to find the people who did this, fine them considerably and take their license (if they have any).
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[User Picture]From: xxlaloser14xx
2003-11-08 11:45 pm (UTC)
aww..those poor animals..:(
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2003-11-09 05:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah...I feel so bad for them! :(
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2003-11-09 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much--it was very hard. But I did find strength in the fact that those two should recover.
And thank you again--you're so kind to give me such nice compliments.
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