Friday, August 14, 2015

Hot Day, To Be Sure..


I cribbed this off FaceBook, where it was cribbed from William Aprill...I like the sentiment, don't you?

Today has been a real scorcher, in the mid-90s…lot to be said for living off-grid, but — sadly — air conditioning isn't one of the perks. The Bunker is super efficient, but it did make it to 79 degrees inside. Still, the heat's not for much longer…I probably won't melt…maybe…


And speaking of euphemism, from the AP:
Yellowstone National Park officials euthanized a grizzly bear Thursday after DNA tests confirmed it attacked and killed a hiker last week, a park spokeswoman said. 
The adult female bear was killed because it had eaten part of the Montana man's body and hid the rest, which is not normal behavior for a female bear defending its young, spokeswoman Amy Bartlett said. 
"If a bear consumes an individual, it's not allowed to remain in the population," she said. "It's not a risk we're willing to take."
Park officials received the DNA test results Thursday, and the bear was quickly euthanized. Officials heavily sedated the bear before firing a captive bolt into its skull, Bartlett said.
Still dead, I'd say. Doesn't seem fair to me...there are lots of hikers; fewer grizzlies in the Lower 48. And where's the outrage? I'm pretty sure a griz is at least as magnificent as a lion, and rest assured Cecil would have been happy to snack on a random hiker had he gotten the change.

As I said on DOWN RANGE Radio, we oh so delicately parse our acceptable killing — not allowed to remain in the population — breaking it down into wee little digestible parts so we can feel good about ourselves. The big griz was sedated, like a dimpled little coed on rohypnol. Then a captive bolt was shot into her head, same way we kill those prepackaged sirloin tips at the Safeway. So really, that's not like killing, you know, not really. Hell, she probably relaxed and enjoyed it, at least until the bolt hit her. Right? Right?

Not at all like, well, those awful hunters...

In my decidedly politically incorrect view, the hiker made a decision not to carry a gun to protect himself, and the bear ended up paying for it. Got no problem with what happened to the hiker…he was an adult, he made a decision to tippy-toe through a grizzly's range and he drew a bad hand. If you consciously choose to not to defend yourself, whether it is in Yellowstone or on Detroit's 8 Mile, the consequences of that choice are on you. And you alone. Remember:

YOU•ARE•ON•YOUR•OWN!

And you forget that simple truth at your own peril. 

BTW, the twin cubs, which also partook of man flesh, as they say in LOTR, got parceled out to a zoo in Ohio, where they will spend their lives behind bars staring out at dinner staring back in. The zoo will probably have a contest to name them something cute like Snuggabear and Cuttlebug. If the cubs get lucky, maybe some animal rights activist will crawl over the bars in the hopes of communing with the adorable pair…at least they'll get one more decent meal before the bolts slams home.



10 comments:

John Richardson said...

I fell asleep watching TV tonight. When I awoke, there was Deborah Roberts on ABC's 20/20 prattling on about the lion who shall not be named.

My one wish was that you could have been one of people interviewed for her one-sided program. They needed someone to label the thugs who were out to kill Dr. Palmer what they were - thugs and bullies.

Anonymous said...

The rules are fuzzy, but it would appear you are not permitted to use a firearm for animal self defense in Yellowstone...

http://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/management/lawsandpolicies.htm

RSR

JohninMd.(HELP?!??) said...

Right. Its not allowed. Just like in Chicago. I got three words for ya, -- shoot, shovel, shut up. Nuff said.

Anonymous said...


Heck--Mama bear was just doing her job. Teaching the kids how to forage for food, and starting them out on something slow and easy to catch.

kmitch200 said...

Not allowed?!?

Do they at least remove the branches piled on you and kick off bear scat before they read your corpse the rights you used to have?

Anonymous said...

I've now read the laws for "the park". If firearms are not the "strategy" for self defense, is having bear-spray also required? Do I "squirt" first, then shoot? Or?

Just aksin',
Life Member

By the way, "spray" IS NOT required on 8 Mile!

Anonymous said...

Firearms are now allowed in National Parks, so long as one follows the laws of the state in which the park is located.

If for example concealed carry is allowed in that state then one may carry a concealed weapon in any National Park that is within that state.

Furthermore, one may use said firearms in defense of oneself or others in accordance with the laws of the state in which the National Park is located.

Generally speaking, that means one may employ lethal force in defense of oneself or others if both subjectively and objectively speaking an imminent danger of grave bodily harm or death exists at the time.

Docgmt said...

Cecil is gone because, " Zebra lives matter"

52hubcap said...

It was so hot here...I saw a dog chasing a rabbit and they were both walking.

DamDoc said...

i agree with anon 11:56... in maine, the anti's were screeching when the national park carry bill was signe by "the one" because it was attached to a "have to have" bill that he had to have...