Well, now I know why I’ve gotten several emails and attempted blog posts from enraged South Dakota rednecks in the last day. One of their fellow rednecks, Jeff Blachford of Miller, South Dakota, has been fined $85,000 for killing a Whooping Crane last year.
Some brilliant logic from these folks though on why it’s perfectly fine to go out and shoot one of the most endangered birds in the world. My favorite…the idiot that posted this morning saying that Whooping Crane “mortality rates are high because of natural causes…they just can’t get off the ground fast enough” to get away from predators (or South Dakota rednecks with guns?). Brilliant. They’ve somehow survived for thousands of years despite this “handicap” of not being able to “get off the ground fast enough”.
Surprising, this brilliant person may be the intellectual giant of Miller, given some of the other emails and attempted posts I’ve gotten. I’m surprised some of these folks are able to log on to a computer and actually produce a message of any kind.
I hope an $85,000 fine has taught you a lesson, Mr. Blachford. I hope the rest of the Miller redneck crowd realizes how incredibly small and insignificant they are (we all are) in the big scheme of things, and that YES, wiping a species off the face of the earth IS a big deal.
This is South Dakota. Given the “culture” ( hesitate to use that word here) of the state, you’re allowed to blast away at practically anything that moves. However, the next time you see an enormous white bird and you don’t know what it is, perhaps you’ll now pause before actually pulling the trigger. In the meantime, I think I’ll bestow the coveted “scum of the week” award to Mr. Blachford, and to all of the redneck “supporters” who have tried to email or post.