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UT - Teen bow hunters shoot

To the Salt Lake Tribune - letters@sltrib.com 

9/10/07

To the Editor:

The incident in which two “frustrated” teen hunters from Orem admitted to shooting at least nine cows with arrows is only the latest example of how the Division of Wildlife Resources encourages children to be violent toward animals. So vile were the teens’ actions that they outraged even hunting groups - the same groups that would have congratulated the children had they shot deer rather than cows. It is easy to see the irony in this tragic situation.

Sadly, violence is taught to children by the Division of Wildlife Resources under the guise of “Hunter Education.” The division is partially to blame for acts such as these because they irresponsibly encourage children to inflict wounds upon wildlife so severe that the animals suffer and die of massive blood loss. The Division and the weapons industry profited from these cow shootings through the sale of weapons, ammunition, and hunting licenses.

The time has come to end the promotion of violence by state wildlife agencies by encouraging them to promoting wildlife watching, an activity that can support an economy far more robust than the one currently supported by weapons and violence. To help make the world a safer place, please visit www.cashwildwatch.org.

Joe Miele, Vice President
The Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting


Frustrated deer hunters turn bows on cattle
By Nathan C. Gonzalez

The Salt Lake Tribune

09/09/2007

Frustrated that their August deer hunt was a failure, a pair of Orem teens turned to shooting at least nine cows with arrows, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said.

An anonymous tip led authorities to the two juveniles, who admitted to shooting the cows over a two-week period, according to DWR Conservation Officer Paul Davis.

"The two teens were frustrated that they hadn't harvested any deer during the archery deer hunt and shot several cows during the first weekend of the archery deer hunt in the Clyde Creek area near Strawberry Reservoir," Davis said in a statement.

The juveniles admitted to authorities that they shot more cows about a week later. They later confessed to shooting at least nine total cows with arrows.

No cows have died from being shot because the arrows were topped with practice points, instead of the more lethal broadhead, or razor, arrow points designed for hunting big game, DWR said.

Authorities learned of the first shooting Aug. 18, which was the opening day of the archery deer hunt. Five more cows impaled with arrows were discovered the following weekend.

The incidents outraged archery hunters, livestock owners and the community in general, DWR said.

The Utah Bowman's Association, Bowhunters of Utah, Hoyt and Easton contributed reward money totaling $6,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the assailants. The investigation is ongoing.

ngonzalez@sltrib.com 

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_6842580 

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