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Ask Uncle Joe

BY JOE MIELE

GOT A QUESTION FOR UNCLE JOE?

YOU CAN E-MAIL IT TO ASKUNCLEJOE@HOTMAIL.COM .

WOULD YOU RATHER SNAIL MAIL YOUR QUESTION? SEND IT TO: ASK UNCLE JOE, C/O WILDLIFE WATCH, BOX 562, NEW PALTZ, NY 12561.

UNCLE JOE GETS A LOT OF MAIL SO DONíT BE OFFENDED IF HE CANNOT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION IN THE COURIER. HECK, HEíS GOTTA WORK A DAY JOB, TOO.

Letters are printed as received. They are unedited.

Dear readers: More of Uncle Joe" can be found online at: www.abolishsporthunting.org/UncleJoe


Dear Uncle Joe:
I don't even hunt but if I want to thats my choice not your's !! You're against hunting woorchucks in Idaho (Which you have nothing to do with) . Why can't people just mind their own business anymore . If you don't like something by all means don't do it ! but DON'T tell others how to live because your sure you have all the answers. In Idaho, hunting is just part of life for alot of people but there are a few that show your distorted views also. Thank God very few. To me and many many others (who vote )you people are the sick ones that are ruining this country trying to make laws people have to abide by. We don't need laws (LET PEOPLE BE!)

A concerned citizen that's votes!
John P.
Nampa, ID

Hello John:
The reason why we have laws is because we cannot just "let people be" as you would have it. Without laws hunters cannot control themselves. Before certain protections were put into place, the deer population was driven to such low numbers that Aldo Leopold predicted the species would be extinct by 1920. The passenger pigeon was not so lucky. Once thought to be the most populous species in all of North America, hunters killed all but the very last one who died in a Cincinnati zoo. But since you feign concern about woodchucks and most likely know very little about them, let me teach you a few things. They are the largest member of the squirrel family and part of the Order Rodentia, which makes them cousins to rats, mice, squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, beavers and porcupines. In winter they hibernate underground, but in the summertime their dens are used by cottontail rabbits, opossums, raccoons, skunks and sometimes even foxes. Yes, their burrowing can cause problems in certain situations but there are humane ways to address this. Scent-based repellants and taste-based deterrents can cause the critters to seek friendlier confines, and a motion-activated sprinkler called the Scarecrow can be used to chase them away. The Scarecrow gives them a burst of water when activity is detected and after being sprayed, Mr. or Mrs. Woodchuck moves on to quieter surroundings. They can also be humanely trapped and relocated, but check with local ordinances before doing this.

Sincerely,
Uncle Joe


Dear Uncle Joe:
&#*% (homophobic slur deleted). You and you're organization are airheads. Mushroom hunters have similar accidents. Hunting assures organic meat and merely a shopping technique. Have you Starve to death and promote disease such as the Chronic Wasting disease we experience here in the shadows of the Republic of Boulder. Sure disease and starvation is much more humane, even if it didn't affect domestic stock,,, you must be far smarter and superior to the Biologist that manage the herds (including the largest Elk Herd in the WORLD) you have helped to confine.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4GLTE smartphone
Paul F.
Niwot, CO

Hello Paul:
You might not be able to understand this, but hunting can actually spread Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). In a study published in the August 7, 2006 edition of the journal "Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences," University of Georgia researchers explained that hunting kills individuals who have contracted a virus but have developed immunity as a result of their infection, thereby increasing the proportion of the population that is susceptible to disease. It also kills healthy animals, thereby giving ill animals a greater range in which to spread disease through direct contact with each other. The epicenter of CWD infection is in the Colorado/Wyoming area, but CWD has also been found in Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as here in southern New Mexico. According to the National Biological Information Infrastructure (a program of the U.S. Geological Survey) Researchers speculate that CWD could have been transported long distances as a result of interstate shipments of infected animals. You didn't think that hunting interests may be responsible for spreading the disease across the nation, did you?

And Paul, it's interesting that your message concludes with "Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4GLTE smartphone." I'm glad you have a smartphone since you're clearly not smart enough to correctly spell the homophobic slur you were trying to use.

Peace,
Uncle Joe


Dear Uncle Joe:
WELL AS YOU MAY HEAR THE STUFF ABOUT 2012 AND THE WAY OF LIFE COMEING TO A END WELL HOPE IT WILL NOT BUT IF IT DOES HOW WILL YOU PROVIDE FOR YOUR WIFE AND KIDS WELL AT LEAST MY KIDS AND MY WIFE WILL AND I WILL HAVE WILD GAME TO EAT THINK ABOUT IT ALSO IF THE BAD GUYS TRY TO TAKE THE FOOD FROM MY KIDS AND WIFES MOUTH WELL I MAYBE ABLE TO STOP THE BAD GUYS AND MAYBE ABLE TO HELP YOU OUT WITH SOMETHING TO EAT

James B
Suncook, NH

Hello James:
As you demonstrate, hunters go to absurd lengths to try to concoct scenarios in which hunting would be either justified or necessary. I've heard everything, including desert islands, Y2K, Swine Flu, SARS, H1N1, the Rapture, and now 2012. Trust me on this - 2012 will come and go and we'll all be fine. But despite not being stranded on an island or held up in a bunker fighting off the zombie apocalypse, you still find the need to be violent and to kill helpless, harmless wildlife.

If you're really concerned about your survival after 2012, take a class in identifying edible wild plants and weeds. Universities all across the country offer them from time to time and it could help you survive should you ever develop a degree of compassion and choose not to kill animals when the zombies descend upon us. Let me know if you are interested and I can help you enroll in such a course.

Peace,
Uncle Joe.

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