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Thank you Jack- great story about a big need being addressed locally hoping to go nationwide. Just a slight correction.
Cayenne was actually adopted from Front Range Equine Rescue as a result of her being showcased by the trainers at Whispering Willows and the newly founded Rescued To Ride program.
So sad I just saw her last week. That will be a smile missed by many. God bless.
Thank you for Iris advice!
Your column never fails to make me smile as all the insanity you write about, hits home!
Is this place in The Grand?
I didn't say it was right and yes they did use poor judgement. Simply, these people are not criminals in the felony sense. A poor judgement sentence should be donating one cow for every 5 elk to a non-profit organization, donate a calf to a kid wants to be a 4-H'r NOT a life ruining stack of felony charges. They did not shoot out of some perverted desire to see an animal suffer and bleed. Those are the people who should be prosecuted because they have festering murder issues.
My point; This exact situation is a problem for many, not just these guys and this makes an opportune time for finding a reasonable solution to the problem so it doesn't continue to be a problem for otherwise law abiding, productive to society...people. Some can afford to feed elk...some can't. Our government pays farmers to NOT grow certain crops, maybe they could pay ranchers to let the elk eat their cows dinner. Seems to me if the DOW cared whether they starved or not they would have made state hay available to ranch areas where it was a problem. Hey, could that be a future solution to spend, what would have been, legal expense money on hay instead of courts. In the future can a rancher call & say "These elk are trying to starve my cattle could you send a hay truck over so I can feed them all?" We do it for welfare people and they eat a lot more than a grumbly stomach.
Ahhh...keyboard courage. I know one of the men and the situation is not killing for fun or satisfying some stupid killing sickness. It wasn't about hunting, it was about protecting the livelyhood of a small local cattle ranch. There are a lot of factors to this and I know they do not feel good about the shooting but when they go out after feeding cattle and cows are looking at you like "Those Elk ate our dinner AGAIN" the frustration level becomes too much. This is the first winter in decades that this area has snow bound elk doing more damage than "normal". The DOW does not make it easy to work out these problems and this is not first time we have heard this nor limited to this area. It is country-wide. If these elk were not eating the cows hay they would be starving and I find the shooting way more humane than the thought of them starving which is what would have happened if these ranchers had the 8 foot fence the DOW informed (after the fact) could be provided. In fact there are a lot of carcasses all over from starved elk not to mention road kill. I don't hunt and I couldn't shoot anything that looks at me but I do understand protecting your investment. This is bigger than there is time to write all the facts about but there is blame all the way around. The DOW makes it EXTREMELY difficult to control these herds and what is on paper is not what is encouraged. The days of elk becoming extinct are over and these laws need to be updated. The DOW needs to work with ranchers with an open langauage to help in these areas. A lot of people could have been fed, the ranchers livelyhood protected, had this been made easier to rectify. This is a wakeup call to help all parties make a living without the worry of losing it all to either elk or outdated laws and DOW with hands tied. These men are not criminals and I find it sickening that people who kill people will get less of a charge, that our government will bail out big companies who break real laws and ruin peoples lives but won't help the people who feed us! This is a perfect opportunity to bring a problem out and fix it as it is fixable now, for the future and need not be criminal. Help these people and all small ranchers, make sure this won't happen again and more community good will be done than prosecuting our local ranchers with outdated felony laws that have no gray area to this situation.
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