BY JOE MIELE
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C/O WILDLIFE WATCH, BOX 562, NEW PALTZ, NY 12561.
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Letters are printed as received. They are unedited.
Dear Uncle Joe:
I respect your opinion, but why can’t you respect ours. We didn’t
do anything to you. A good hunter/trapper does more for waterfowl
than any of you antis do. Leave us alone.
Pete B. Liberty, KS
I respect your opinion – it’s your actions that I oppose. I don’t see a
reason to respect your ugly habit of blasting away at animals for
While you claim to care about waterfowl, the Kansas Department of
Wildlife and Parks does not seem to. On 7/17/06, the US Fish and
Wildlife issued a news release explaining that wigeon numbers have
dropped to seventeen percent below the long-term average, and the
population of scaup dropped to thirty-seven percent below the long-term
average “continuing a long-term pattern that has persisted for the last
20 years.” Even FWS director H. Dale Hall says this is “cause for
concern.” Despite this, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
still schedules hunting seasons for these birds. So much for caring
about waterfowl, eh?
If you truly cared about waterfowl you would be helping us to build a
movement that will eliminate sport hunting forever.
UNCLE JOE –
ALL ANIMALS IN THE WILD WERE PUT ON THIS EARTH FOR ONE REASON.TO BE
TAKEN OUT OR THE CYCLE OF LIFE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.WHETHER WE TRAP THEN
OR ANOTHER ANIMAL KILLS THEN.WHEN ANIMALS GET TO POPULATED THEN GET A
DISEASE AND DIE LIKE MANAGE.THEY CALL THAT THE CYCLE OF LIFE.WHEN THEY
PUT A ANIMAL TO SLEEP BECAUSE IT IS SURRERING THEY CALL THAT HUMANE.BUT
WHEN GEORGE WOULD PUT THEM TO SLEEP THEY CALL THAT MURDER.I GUESS IF
THEY ARE SUFFERING I WILL PUT THEM TO SLEEP. AND YES I DO TRAP TO MAKE
MONEY AND I DO A PRETTY GOOD JOB AT IT?
LAURA, CRAWFORD, TX
Wow, I’m not sure how to reply to your wonderfully crafted letter other
than to say that the disease of “manage” is indeed a serious concern,
but one that trapping is unlikely to do something about. Sarcoptic
Mange, the condition that you are most likely referring to, is caused by
mites who burrow into an animal’s skin where they feed and breed on the
host animal. The unfortunate animal scratches the ever worsening
irritation to the point where s/he tears off fur and then skin,
resulting in death from infection or exposure to the elements. If you
trap an infected animal, please bring him or her to a licensed wildlife
rehabilitator (check http://tinyurl.com/y7law9 or
to find one near you) so they can be treated and returned to health.
Once infected, drugs such as Ivermectin have been used with much
The treatment consists of weekly injections for up to four
weeks. For animals that cannot tolerate Ivermectin it is recommended
that they undergo multiple dips in the insecticides Lyme Sulfur or
Paramite after clipping the affected areas. Cortisone can relieve the
itching and infected sores can be treated with topical antibiotics.
So you see, Laura, there are ways to treat animals who are victims of
the mites that cause sarcoptic mange – George does not have to kill
every animal that crosses his path.
Dear Uncle Joe:
In Reference to the letter written about Dick Cheneys Hunting Accident,
My response is “It is SAFER to hunt with Dick Cheyney, Than it is to
ride in a car driven by Ted Kennedy.”
Clark, Chappaquiddick Island, MA
It’s hard to argue with that!